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Report: UConn Trick-Shot QB-Turned-Trump Valet Was Fired For Gambling Habit

Johnny McEntee—who first got our attention with his sweet tricks as a backup quarterback at UConn back in 2011 and more recently took the job of personal assistant to President Donald Trump—was reportedly fired from his White House gig because of a gambling problem.

McEntee was fired on Monday, after the Department of Homeland Security began investigating him for “serious financial crimes.” A new report today elaborates on that: McEntee was supposedly a “frequent gambler,” to the point where his habit posed a security risk for the administration. His gambling wasn’t illegal, but it still raised questions about whether he might be “vulnerable to outside influence.” Don’t worry, he’s already found a new job—with Trump’s reelection campaign, which hired him as senior adviser for operations the day after he was fired from the White House.


It’s unclear exactly what kind of gambling we’re talking about here, but that it was enough to merit a federal investigation strongly suggests that it wasn’t, say, blackjack. Or betting on his ability to hit a moving pizza-delivery van with a football.

[Washington Post]

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