Art Schlichter accused of Super Bowl ticket scam

Whenever we talk about Art Schlichter, the quarterback whom the Baltimore Colts selected with the fourth overall pick in the 1982 draft, you can assume it’s a story that’s only related to football in the sense that Schlichter is using his football connections to aid him in swindling people out of their money and then losing that money gambling.

So as soon as you saw “Art Schlichter” in the headline above, you should have expected something like this: The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Schlichter is the target of an investigation by local and federal authorities centering on a sports-ticket scheme that has swindled people out of several million dollars.

Some of those people gave money to Schlichter because he promised he could get them tickets to the Super Bowl, and those people are currently stuck in Dallas without any way of getting into the Super Bowl, because Schlichter, of course, isn’t coming through with the tickets.

At this point you might be wondering what kind of people would trust Schlichter with their money. It’s a reasonable question: Schlichter has spent much of his life in prison for various crimes related to his gambling addiction and illegal activities that helped him fuel that addiction.

But Schlichter has a knack for finding wealthy people and convincing them to give him their money. That’s his gift. In this case, he seems to have pulled off the scam through his involvement with a wealthy woman whom he befriended while he was still Ohio State’s star quarterback, 30 years ago.

Schlichter confirmed to the Dispatch that he plans to speak with authorities soon, and he tried to portray himself as a suffering gambling addict who wants to assist other gambling addicts.

“It will help a lot of people,” Schlichter said in a text message. “This addiction is a [expletive].”

After he was released from prison in 2006, Schlichter told the Dispatch he was “more sorry than people will ever know.”

But apparently not sorry enough to stop.

43 responses to “Art Schlichter accused of Super Bowl ticket scam

  1. His name should be Art Swindler.

    Apparantly gambling is all he knows. He probably runs betting pools while he’s in prison.

    Of course there will always be suckers out there who will fall for his lines and schemes.

  2. lol, this is too funny. Stuck in Dallas? Those idiots that were stupid enough to give money to that degenerate deserve to get swindled. Enjoy the ice and cold!

  3. Proof that wealthy people aren’t necessarily the smartest. Anyone that would give this guy a cent for anything almost deserves to lose it. Enjoy that cell adjacent to Madoff, Art.

  4. @3octaveFart

    LOL great post.

    As for Art, dude just can’t help himself. Always looking for the easy dollar.

  5. There is a sucker born every minute. I for one don’t feel sorry for anyone that believes they are getting something of value cheap.

  6. Anyone who would even think of the remote possibility of giving money to Art Schlichter for any possible reason should be sent directly to prison or possibly a mental ward of some sort due to that person being, as the saying goes — To Stupid To Live — Anyone who gave money to that Pathological Creep deserves pretty much any problem that has come from it

  7. So he has a knack for finding wealthy people and convincing them to give him their money.

    If this were a crime, why isn’t JaMarcus Russell in jail?

  8. Maybe Art was raising funds so that he and Earle Bruce could hit Scioto Downs together with Maurice Clarett and “get their grey goose” on with him. What do you think buckeye fans ?

  9. Unfortunate for those stuck.

    Maybe Dolly Parton can get them into Rupert Murdoch’s luxury box…worked before.

  10. Didn’t all the history of the Baltimore Colts Transfer to Indy! This piece of trash fit’s right in with the Irsays! I’m waiting for Jim to tweet about another one of their proud alumni!

  11. Schlicter had some time tacked on to one sentence because he was using the prison telephone to call his bookie. He was actually a pretty decent sports handicapper, but he can never stop until he’s broke. The type of guy who breaks out in a cold sweat the day during the baseball All Star break because there’s so little action available.

    I’m not surprised people keep giving him chances, though. The idiot station manager of one of the sportstalk stations out here in Vegas actually gave him a job back in the early 90s. Art repaid him by stealing a bunch of company checks.

  12. usmutts says:
    Feb 5, 2011 12:00 PM
    So he has a knack for finding wealthy people and convincing them to give him their money.

    If this were a crime, why isn’t JaMarcus Russell in jail?

    ——-

    ROTFLLMAO

  13. What’s truly sad is he could have run for the House of Representatives, robbed people blind, and it would have been 100% legal and he would have the best health plan in the nation and a guaranteed full pension.

  14. Feel badly for any family members of this loser. How embarrassed they must be of him …… still.

  15. Anything in writing?

    No?

    You get what you deserve, then.

    To give yourselves as much fun as possible in difficult circumstances, follow Hines Ward, or Ben Sunday night.

  16. Oh Schlicter, Where Art Thou? I think Schlicter is German for “sleeze bag”.

    I remember the good ole’ days, Schlicter handing off to Tim Spencer and then making bets on how far he would run.

  17. The crack about Jamarcus Russell is one of the best comments I’ve ever read on this site.

  18. There are good people that get caught up in bad things.

    Then there are people that events and themselves conspire to create circumstances resulting in poor decision making.

    Finally, there are people, who by their very nature, are bad seed and bad to the bone. Personna non grata, Art…

  19. “So he has a knack for finding wealthy people and convincing them to give him their money. ”

    He needs to get a spin off reality TV show from the Kardashians

  20. @3octavefart…you have joined my pantheon of best site names…along with ommandercornpone!

    Awesome Syzurp Russell comment, btw!

  21. Schlichter’s gambling addiction is as bad or worse than any druggie. this guy needs to be in permanent rehab or put away for life. I am surprised the mob hasn’t sent him swimming with the fish.

  22. So who would be dumb enough to trust a guy named Art Schlichter?

    Isn’t he an architect in business with Art Vandalay?

  23. A swindler named Art Schlichter is like an ice cream man named Cone, or a librarian named Bookman.

  24. I usually sympathize with any victim, but seriously are these the dumbest people in the world?

    This guy said point blank range out of his own mouth that friends and family can’t trust him, let alone strangers.

    It’s not like he’s some unknown scumbag like Bernie Maydoff or something, his horrible track record is well known.

  25. Art Schlichters life is just spiraling out of control, just like his passes he threw when he was a player.

  26. Noobs gave Schlichter seed money and with a deft sleight of hand he turned it into Art.

  27. It seems like every five years we hear something about this guy swindling more people with a new scam.

    This guy does what he does because we tolerate it. Just put him down already. Or get Phil Simms to punch him in the face.

    Hopefully, some day soon, PFT will run the “Art Schlichter Dead:Under Mysterious Circumstances.” headline.

    Because that really is the only way addictions die. The addicted die first.

  28. upperdecker19 says:
    Feb 5, 2011 11:40 AM
    Proof that wealthy people aren’t necessarily the smartest. Anyone that would give this guy a cent for anything almost deserves to lose it. Enjoy that cell adjacent to Madoff, Art.

    ————————————————–
    Wealthy people that didn’t use their intelligence to aquire wealth usually will not be wealthy in the long run. Prime example are pro athletes and entertainers. Odds are a wealthier person is more intelligent than a poor person.

  29. Odds are (much greater) the wealthier person has been exposed to better educational opportunities.

  30. Wealthy or not (I’m far from wealthy)….I’d feel better about forwarding all of my personal info to the Nigerian minister of the lottery than to give a cent to Schlister.

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