There’s a lot to digest in the video above, so here’s a quick breakdown:
- It features a large American hockey fan named Mike with Smiley Face Uncle Sam painted on his belly.
- The American (and some friends) are supposedly inside Team Russia’s locker room at the IIHF World Championships.
- The fan allegedly pees on one of the skates belonging to Russian star Pavel Datsyuk.
That is what we know for sure. What we do not know, however, is who the heck this Mike guy is, how he got inside the Russian locker room, when the video was taken or if it’s even real. Because this is the internet and pretty much everything on the internet is fake these days, we’ll have to err on the side of caution here.
The biggest red flag here (other than the one hung on the stall in the background) is the commentary/audio editing that comes with the video. It comes off as staged and bleeps out the language, which is somewhat strange for a viral video. Then again, this certainly looks like the Russian locker room and it’d be a setting that would require one hell of an effort to stage.
It’s also worth pointing out that the jersey that American Mike is wearing is a Matt Hendricks sweater, but it’s a blatant knockoff with the wrong number on it to boot. Also, the Datsyuk jersey he grabs also appears to be a fake. Just look at the number sizing:
It’s up to you to decide what you want to believe, but here’s my theory: The Russians are behind this whole thing. They found the most overweight American fan they could and hired him to act like a drunk idiot and disrespect Russia’s team captain while also embarrassing the USA’s hockey fanbase.
Then they took the video and showed it to the Russian team to get them fired up for this weekend’s bronze medal game against the Americans. If this theory holds up, it’s a plan that worked quite well — the Russians kicked USA’s ass, 7-2.
If you have a better theory, feel free to leave it in the comments section below. But as an American hockey fan myself, this is the story I’m choosing to believe.
(Via Puck Daddy)