PalmeirasÂ and Chile playmaker ValdÃvia is in big trouble. Not with fans or his club or anything like that. Oh, no. Itâ€™s a lot worse. Compromising photos have been published of him kissing a nice-looking girl in a SÃ£o Paulo nightclub. His Chilean wife and mother of his two children (who is a model) is apparently not too happy with the photos and according to a Chilean tabloid, their divorce is now under way.
In fact, things are a whole lot more messy and complicated than just that because the photographer has filed a complaint with police claiming that the player threatened his kids.
At the time of the photo in February, ValdÃviaÂ furiously demanded that the photographer delete the photo. He didnâ€™t and apparently sent ValdÃviaÂ a text message asking how much his marriage was worth.The photographer, told police that it was agreed that ValdÃviaÂ would pay him 20,000 reaisÂ (about 7,000 pounds) to delete the photos. ValdÃviaÂ only gave him 1,500. When the photographer didnâ€™t accept this payment, ValdÃviaÂ apparently said: â€œI know where your children study. I wouldnâ€™t hurt them but I
know people who wouldâ€.
ValdÃviaâ€™s side of the story is somewhat different: â€œWhen he took the photos, I went to talk to him. I wasnâ€™t drunk. If I was, I wouldnâ€™t have spoken to him. I told him I was going through a bad phase in my life and didnâ€™t want him to publish the photos. I asked him if he wanted to sell me the photos and for what price and he didnâ€™t say anything. The next day he asked me for 20,000 reais. I never offered him for that much money. I gave him much less than that. He is lying in his police declaration. I never offered him 20,000
and I have proof of that. In time that will be proved.â€
In the photographers version of events, the player apparently said that not only would publishing the photos get him into trouble with the missus but with the club and coach too. He said that PalmeirasÂ coach Big Phil Scolari didnâ€™t like him and had it in for him and he would be in big shit if the club found out he was out (drunk and cheating on his wife too).
On that front, things seem be okay now though. ValdÃviaÂ has been given the captainâ€™s armband at PalmeirasÂ and while making his sorry declaration to the media, the legal and PR teams at Palmeiras were in full support of the player.
So, where are these compromising pictures? Well, I certainly couldnâ€™t afford to buy them so have a look here. I love the hand to the face in the last one. haha.
A true case of extortion and dirty bastard if ever I saw one.
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