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Olympics bottle-thrower to stand trial

Nov 21, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

Sang Tan / Associated Press Sang Tan / Associated Press

One would hope that we as a general population have been convinced to stop doing stupid things at sporting events, but Ashley Gill-Webb allegedly threw a plastic beer bottle on the Olympic track in London mere seconds before the men’s 100m final back in August, and now we have to start over.

Gill-Webb, 34, was arrested from his seat after the incident, likely to save him from any retribution from the fans, which included Dutch judo athlete Edith Bosch sitting directly behind him.

But the alleged tosser pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the charges of using threatening words or behavior with intent to cause harassment, alarm, or distress, and will stand trial on Jan. 3 in Stratford, east London, near the stadium.

And while his actions likely had no effect on the race – Usain Bolt, who won, said he didn’t notice. Bronze medalist Justin Gatlin noted a brief distraction, but still ran a lifetime best – let us at OlympicTalk urge you once again: please do not throw things on any tracks, fields, courts, or other playing surfaces.

It does not make you cool and it’s already the reason we have to drink beer out of plastic, instead of the much-preferred glass bottle. And pretty soon we’ll have no beer at all, thanks to guys named Ashley.

  1. manchestermiracle - Nov 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Loser. I’m hoping he doesn’t get to cop to a plea deal. If so, make him pick up trash after every secondary school football game for the next two years or so. He’d look right at home in a jail jumpsuit.

  2. norcal031 - Nov 25, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Ummmm,,,Didnt this like happen like 5 months ago?????? And arent you at NBC a little late at setting up OlympicTalk??????

    • Matthew Kitchen - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      We’ve been around since April, Norcal… where have you been?

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