NH’s Locke calls game-fixing hoax ‘scary’
Pittsburgh left-hander and North Conway native Jeff Locke said it’s “scary” to think that someone could have been spreading false rumors about him fixing games.
According to a report by Sports Illustrated and The Center for Investigative Reporting, a sports handicapper – who knew Locke growing up – was offering advice in 2012 claiming Locke was throwing games. Major League Baseball investigators looked into the matter, and the handicapper said it was a hoax that began because he felt slighted by Locke after he tried to contact the pitcher on social media and got no reply. The case was eventually closed.
Locke, a Kennett High School graduate, said the episode was a shock to him, but it wasn’t a distraction.