Crazy Pat's legs o' steel
CBS Sportsline‘s a little late reporting this one, but it’s still funny. Pat Robertson’s been hawking his ‘Age Defying’ diet shake for some time now on his CBN site, claiming it enables him to leg press 2000 pounds.
Mind you, the man is 76 years old, and the bested the top effort by another human by 665 lbs. CBS Sportline’s Clay Travis:
1. I am going to drink this protein shake of his and try to leg press a Mazda Miata with three clowns sitting inside.
2. There is no way on earth Robertson leg presses 2,000 pounds. That would mean a 76-year-old man broke the all-time Florida State University leg press record by 665 pounds over Dan Kendra. 665 pounds. Further, when he set the record, they had to modify the leg press machine to fit 1,335 pounds of weight. Plus, Kendra’s capillaries in his eyes burst. Burst. Where in the world did Robertson even find a machine that could hold 2,000 pounds at one time? And how does he still have vision?
I blogged about Pat’s shake(down) last year, but it was for other reasons — Pat used his tax-exempt, non-profit “ministry” and his Virginia-based Christian Broadcasting Network to shill the product. The recipe was given away on his CBN web site, but he was rolling that cash in because it was being sold at GNC health food stores for profit.
You know Crazy Pat was in deep doo-doo when AgapePress ran a slam piece on him. This is from September 2005:
Ole Anthony, president of the Dallas-based religious media watchdog group Trinity Foundation, says the well-known TV minister cannot legally use his nonprofit ministry to push his nutritional drink.
“This is something that’s done commonly throughout ministries,” Anthony says. Frequently, he explains, ministers will “write a book — sometimes a really bad book — but it’s promoted daily over the airtime, and they make, supposedly, royalties.”
Some of these ministers are becoming “fabulously wealthy,” the Trinity Foundation spokesman adds, “but it’s because they’re promoting it heavily on the donor-supported airtime.”
…Anthony contends that, by doing this, Pat Robertson is misusing his ministry’s tax-exempt, nonprofit status. “He created or entered into an agreement with GNC to produce the shake — Pat’s shake — for his personal profit.” Once he did that, the ministry watchdog says, “I didn’t care if he promoted his recipe that he gave away for free; but to continue to promote it, for profit for him personally, is a violation of the IRS code.”
Hat tip to Daniel S. (and Think Progress)