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Rioting Biker Loses Sponsors

Cameras catch Alex Pro in Vancouver

Professional mountain biker Alex "Pro" Prochazka is in hot water after posing next to a burning car last Wednesday during post-hockey riots in Vancouver, Canada. Pro, wearing a T-shirt by Oakley—one of his sponsors—was photographed tipping a car and then celebrating as it burned. The riots came in the wake of a Vancouver Cancuks' loss to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals. Thousands of people turned out, causing major damage throughout downtown Vancouver and putting 160 in the hospital, 12 with stab wounds. Target, one of Alex Pro's other backers, has removed him from its list of sponsored athletes. It looks like Oakley will, too. "We are currently reviewing our relationship with Alex Pro & will be taking actions to see that Alex becomes aware that we do not accept behavior like this from any of our athletes or spokesperson(s)," the company wrote on its Facebook page. “I didn’t go there for the riot," Pro told the Vancouver Sun, "I went for the hockey game and got caught up in the hysteria of it afterwards.”

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