Joe Hachem in Hot Water
August 25, 2012
Recently Joe Hachem, Australian poker pro and 2005 WSOP main event champ, got into a bit of a pickle after posting a pic on Twitter of a baby that appeared to be smoking a shisha pipe. While the baby only seemed to be “teething” on the pip in the pic, his caption that accompanied the photo stated, “Go blues, shisha for all, can never be too young.”
He then got an overflow on anti-baby smoking activists when the Australian Herald Sun quoted Australian Childhood foundation spokesman Joe Tucci: “I don’t think that anybody in that photo intended to harm that child, but inadvertently they have put that child in some sort of danger. This photo minimizes the rights of a child.”
Hachem then followed up with another tweet, “Take a chill pill man as if it’s real, geez so uptight.”
And so the haggling continued for a few more days, and Hachem finally tried to make right by the world when he tweeted, “If my shisha tweet from Saturday has offended anyone I sincerely apologize. It was not my intention to offend anyone let alone condone underage smoking. I never have and never would do that intentionally. Once again my sincere apologies.”
And in other Aussie news, Aussie poker player Shane Warne was in controversy recently when ads for 888 Poker (his sponsor) showed up on a porn site, which may not be so bad, but Warne runs a children’s charity, so not the best choice of sponsorship/advertisement.