Originally Posted by Lord40Hands
I really hope the PB community uses this as a reminder to stay away the next time a penny auction site pops up and someone with "celebrity status" attempts to drive traffic by stating the site is legit.
Can't say it enough these days;
Support your local PB shops.
Only buy from approved vendors.
Any other source is doing zero to help grow our sport.
Don't expect this community to feel sorry anymore if you fail to do the above.
This whole incident is a black eye to our sport.
Excellent post. I'm sure some will think I'm being a jerk, but these "Paintball Celebrities" are by and large kind of bad for paintball, IMO. It feeds into the whole, "I'm bigger than you" mentality, which I think is a huge turn off for many players.
I've gotten to know several of these 'celebrity' types at a surface-level in the last couple of years. Many of them seem like pretty decent people but all the ones I've met completely buy into their own hype, their b.s. While I get along with them, it was annoying being around such arrogant people, especially people who have such big egos over something as unimportant as paintball.
People from a distance think they are doing all of this, whether it be commanding games, Youtube Channels, websites, etc. to "grow the sport" but it's obvious once you get close it's all about building their ego. I've always found it amusing that the events these celebrities promote for us players to attend, they usually don't pay to play the event themselves.
I've even seen that for charity events, which is about as hypocritical as it gets. Mike definitely fit this description, but from my experience many of these celebrities aren't much, if at all, better than Mike.
Getting back to honest businesses (which there are plenty) and a true community and not this silly pecking order, would do wonders for this sport.