Did everyone watching the 2012 Olympics at home really see a Japanese coach pay off judges on Monday night?
Yes, sort of – but it’s not what you think.
After Kohei Uchimura -- one of Japan’s most notable stars -- earned a surprisingly low score that landed his team in fourth place overall, his coach walked over to the judges with two things in his hand: paperwork and a wad of hundred dollar bills.
Needless to say, this piqued the interest of fans watching the event from home.
Shortly after the “payoff,” judges reviewed Uchimura’s performance and bumped his score up by .70. That seemingly marginal boost lifted Japan from their fourth place position to second place – good enough for a silver medal.
So was that just blatant bribery in action? No, not exactly. In Olympic gymnastics, to appeal a judge’s ruling, you have to pay for the review beforehand. If you win the appeal, you get your money back. If you lose, you lose the dough.
It’s all legal.
As funny and shady as the whole thing looked, the Japanese men’s team didn’t try to do anything slick last night.
(Kudos The Blaze)