Kyle Rudolph Signed Gloves For Charity, Reporter Put Them On eBay Instead
By Bill Galluccio
January 9, 2020
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph said that he was duped by a reporter into signing a pair of game-used gloves that were supposed to be auctioned off for charity. Instead of being used to raise money for a good cause, the gloves were posted on eBay, where they sold for $375.50 three days later.
A Vikings fan saw the listing on eBay and sent a screenshot of to Rudolph on Twitter.
@KyleRudolph82 You probably already heard this, but looks like someone sold your gloves from the Saints playoff game on ebay already. Hope they didn’t deceive you for a quick buck.
Rudolph replied and admitted that he was scammed by a reporter following the Vikings playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints.
I saw this.. it’s disappointing. A member of the media in the locker room after the game asked if he could have my gloves for a charity benefit, so I said of course and I will even sign them for you! Well he got me, sold on eBay 3 days later..
Rudolph said that he did not know the reporter, explaining that the clubhouse was like a zoo after their upset win.
And to clarify it was not anyone I knew.. so wasn't a local reporter I see daily or national reporter. Locker room was a zoo, he asked for them, I said of course and even offered to sign them...
The gloves were purchased by Jason King, a lifelong Vikings fan who lives in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. When he realized what happened, he reached out to Rudolph and offered to donate them to a charity of his choice.
Rudolph thanked King for doing the right thing and asked him to donate the gloves to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital and promised to send him a pair of gloves from the Vikings next game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Hey Jason, really cool of you to do this! @UMNChildrens will greatly appreciate it and I will make sure to get you my pair from this weekends game!
"If I end up receiving the gloves, I would like them to be displayed at the children's hospital in honor of Kyle," King told ESPN. "I have four kids myself, and I really appreciate the work he does off the field."
King said that if he does not receive the gloves, he will donate $375 to the hospital.
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