PHOTO: Jose Abreu had an interesting in-flight meal. (Photo via Flickr/Keith Allison)
Not many people would consider eating a passport mid-flight, let alone a fake one. Then again, not many of us stand to make $68 million either.
Given a seemingly ridiculous scenario, there’s no telling what we might do. So we can’t exactly judge Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu who divulged that he had indeed chowed down on a portion of a fake passport in the hope of securing a meeting that eventually netted him nearly $70 million.
Take the illegality out of it and, for that money, we may ask for seconds.
The Independent reports on a wild story that came to light as Abreu gives testimony in a federal case against Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada.
Both of whom are accused of alien smuggling and conspiracy. According to the report, the two are alleged to have brought Cuban baseball players to countries where they could establish residency.
From there, they are brought into the United States to land major contracts, sidestepping major hurdles in Cuban players coming directly into this country.
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Now back to Abreu and his in-flight meal. The report states that it occurred aboard an Air France flight from Haiti to Miami that coincided with an upcoming October 2013 deadline the athlete was worried about making.
In this case, making that deadline meant $68 million to play for the Chicago White Sox.
Abreu explains: “If I had not been there on that particular day, the deadline, then the contract would not be executed and would no longer be valid. We had to be in Chicago to sign the contract.”
Once in the United States, Abreu planned to make use of a now defunct policy that allowed Cuban citizens to stay in the country even without travel documents.
So, aboard the plane, Abreu was tasked with discarding his passport — at least the pertinent page with his name on it.
The 30-year-old from Cruces explained how he devoured the page as if it were a bag of peanuts.
With Heineken beer nearby, Abreu feasted: “Little by little I swallowed that first page of the passport. I could not arrive in the United States with a false passport.”
As delicious as that sounds, we don’t recommend you doing the same – unless someone dares you to do so for $68 million.