November 09, 2004

Robinho's mother kidnapped: "...police have agreed not to interfere with the family's negotiations for the return of (his mother)"

posted by garfield to soccer at 12:14 PM - 13 comments

saying the reports that it was an act of revenge or extortion were not true I can't really think of any other reason to kidnap someone, though.

posted by molafson at 12:41 PM on November 09, 2004

Right? I guess they do things a bit differently in Brazil.

posted by garfield at 01:01 PM on November 09, 2004

Yeah. To them kiddnapping is like taking a girl out without meeting her grandparents first. I keed, I keed.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:45 PM on November 09, 2004

[This is sad, especially because of how common such kidnappings are in South and Central America.] Why would Real Madrid loan him out for experience? The guy will be 21 when he gets there, has played at the top level in Brazil for three or four years and even a few times for the national side. I know RM has a backlog at every position but this seems unlikely to me. If anything, I'd expect the club to sell one of their underperforming MFs like Solari or Celades and give that playing time to Robhino so he can take over from Zidane in 2006.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:42 PM on November 09, 2004

Good Lord!

posted by StarFucker at 04:39 PM on November 09, 2004

I heard on NPR this morning that they were negotiating a ransom of $2mil. Man, if I were a Brazil celeb... ... wait a minute, I think I posted an article about Robinho earlier, which mentioned the risk of kidnappings of Brazilian celebrities' family members. Here! Posted back on Sept 5. An excerpt from my post: "The real-life threats that poor boys (and their families) face when they rise from the slums to pro soccer success." Sadly prophetic.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:39 PM on November 09, 2004

way to give the culprits the idea, wc2k2!!!!

posted by garfield at 04:54 PM on November 09, 2004

Nice going worldcup...

posted by StarFucker at 05:14 PM on November 09, 2004

I blame the Yahooification of the WorldCup2002! Make the Yahooligans pay the ransom.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:27 PM on November 09, 2004

Don't hate the playa, hate the game.

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:32 PM on November 09, 2004

This reminds me. The kidnapping of Urbina's mother is still unresolved. Yet he says he will report to the Tigers for Spring Training.

posted by usfbull at 06:49 AM on November 10, 2004

What the hell is an urbina?

posted by StarFucker at 09:03 AM on November 10, 2004


posted by worldcup2002 at 01:02 PM on November 10, 2004

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