Barcelona's Lionel Messi convicted of tax fraud, but won't do any jail time. Is that fair? | The Tylt
A Barcelona court just found soccer superstar Lionel Messi guilty of tax fraud. Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, were sentenced to 21 months in prison. But under Spanish law, a tax prison sentence under two years can be served under probation. This means Messi and his father are unlikely to serve any jail time.
Should Messi do time for his crime?
According to Business Insider, Messi "stood trial with his father over accusations that they defrauded authorities of more than $4.5 million from 2007 to 2009."
In his defense, Messi is hardly getting off scot-free. He will most likely have to pay a $2.3 million fine. And his team issued a statement in support of him, arguing he is not criminally responsible for the tax fraud. Messi claims he didn't know what was going on with his finances: "I was playing football—I knew nothing," Messi told a Spanish court early last month. And let's face it: it's tax fraud. It's not as though Messi killed someone.
On the other hand, Messi is Barcelona's star forward, so they're likely to be biased towards him. According to Forbes, Messi earns nearly $82 million annually, which makes him 2016's second most highly paid athlete in the world. A fine of $2.3 million seems pretty small in light of his income. And people are just generally disgusted with rich athletes constantly breaking the law and getting away with mere slaps on the wrist.
What do you think: #MessiDeservesJail or #MessiSentenceFair?
Barcelona's Lionel Messi convicted of tax fraud, but won't do any jail time. Is that fair?
I love Leo Messi but even I don't agree that he should serve a suspended sentence. You abused your privilege so face punishment 🙄— reanne. (@__rnt91) July 6, 2016
Someone explain to me, an actual reason please, why Messi won't serve time behind actual bars in prison?— Jake Roche (@Jake_Rixton) July 6, 2016
The media won't publish these stories because they won't get "clicks"— Messi World (@MessiWorId) July 6, 2016
But keep on calling Messi "fraud" for stuff he didn't know about at 18
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