If you ever get the opportunity to take a $10,000 half-court shot during any given halftime contest, make sure to carefully read the fine print of the contract you have to sign. That’s the lesson Kentucky freshman Vincent Swope learned the hard way when he got his chance to shine during a Kentucky versus South Carolina game this past Saturday.
Here is what Swope did when given the opportunity to pull $10,000 if he could hit a tough basket from half-court:
Boom – money in the bank. A great story, right? Not exactly. Shortly after Swope finished his celebratory run around Rupp Arena, an exec from Kroger pulled him aside and told him he wouldn’t get his promised money. Why? Apparently, the contract that Swope signed before taking the shot specified that he had to take the shot from behind the halfcourt line. Replay showed that the Kentucky freshman actually stepped past the line.
"They said when I released the ball I was over the line," Swope said after the fact. "There are some pictures where it looks like I touched the line and some where it looks like I didn't touch the line, but that didn't even cross my mind when I shot it. I was just thinking, 'I'm $10,000 richer."
However, when worked leaked of what transpired after the made basket, a small movement was organized by Kentucky Sports Radio founder Matt Jones on Swope's behalf. Soon enough, the hashtag #occupyKroger could be seen trending on Twitter.
The big boys at Kroger quickly realized they were on the losing end of the battle and decided to cut their losses and give Swope his money.
Did he really deserve the dough? It’s debatable. He got it anyway, though – so chalk up another win to the power of public pressure.
(Kudos to Yahoo! Sports for the great find)