Broadcaster Kang Byeong-gyu (51), a former baseball player, regretted the past days when he fell in love with gambling.
On the 17th, Kang Byung-gyu appeared on the YouTube channel ‘Taiwan Gods of the Era’ and talked about various controversies about himself, such as illegal internet gambling and conflict with actor Lee Byung-hun.
Kang Byeong-gyu also mentioned the illegal internet gambling case. “(When I was a baseball player) my lifelong goal was to collect 100 million. My eldest brother-in-law made me take out a loan when I was a baseball player. He had a business, but it went bankrupt and he couldn’t pay it off until he retired. He said that he paid off the debt he hadn’t been able to pay for 10 years in a month after entering the entertainment industry.”
He continued, “The goal was 100 million, 1 billion, 5 billion, 10 billion, and before I knew it, I would emigrate if I earned 30 billion, but since I made 30 billion, the ‘ma’ that the gods say was put on. I really want to go back,” he said.
Kang Byeong-gyu said, “I saw gambling as a game. It was a ridiculous idea to go to the casino and try to conquer the fancy cool things,” he said. “I fought with people who had a nuclear bomb with a gun. In hindsight, it turned out to be an addiction,” he said.
When Kang Byeong-gyu asked how he could be freed from addiction, a performer said, “It depends on the situation. If you don’t have the will, you won’t listen to any prescription,” and another performer pointed out, “Addiction is an obsession, but I thought it was a way out.”
Meanwhile, Kang Byeong-gyu was indicted without detention for gambling on the Internet from October 2007 to May 2008, and in 2009 he was ordered to probation for one year and 160 hours of community service.
At that time, he remitted 2.6 billion won to an internet gambling site, and lost 1.2 billion won by gambling so-called ‘baccarat’ for about 80 days.
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