Roberto Luongo criticized for taking part in BC Lottery internet poker adverts
This seems to be a tough period for Vancouver Canucks hockey player Roberto Luongo, who has been severely criticized for taking part in TV commercials for the BC Lotteries online poker product.
According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, "The ads showcase Luongo playing poker, with the suggestion that if you go online at Playnow, you might get to play against the Canucks' top goaltender."
This, according to an anti-gambling advocate, psychologist Candace Plattor, means that "He's endorsing something that is potentially dangerous. People don't take this seriously enough. It is potentially dangerous. He may as well be saying to people, to kids, 'Sure, go and smoke.'"
In his response to the accusations, Luongo, who has already appeared in televised charity poker games before, explained: "It's poker, it's one of my passions. It's a great endorsement and this site is licensed by the government and so it's really exciting for me."