Yesterday, Jay “WhoJedi” Newnum finally broke the silence regarding his alleged theft of $700 of dealers tip money whilst working in the Foxwoods Poker Room sometime over the Christmas period.
Jay Newnum has been an incredibly popular poker blogger, reporter and photographer for many years representing the WSOP. He has been involved in many tournaments throughout the years and has worked in some of the world’s most well known casinos.
However, he did not really talk about the incident directly and wanted to make it clear that he is against the backlash that has been taking place against the Dealers Union President Billy Shea who made the incident public via FaceBook.
He stated that he had now spoken to Billy “Local 2121” Shea over the phone and that he had apologised for all of the harassment that he had suffered since breaking the story. He also wanted to make it clear that he has absolutely no animosity against Shea and that he now plans to leave the poker world.
Newnum released a statement via his blog at www.whojedi.com saying this:
“First, let me say that it hasn’t been easy to stay silent.
The Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge ended early in the morning on December 16th. After flying home that same day, I agreed that I would not discuss anything with anyone.
I have honored and will continue to honor that commitment, but in light of third-party reports and the subsequent reactions, I wanted to make this limited statement.
I would like to address the negative reaction against certain third parties, particularly Billy Shea, the union president who originally posted the story.
I want to state clearly that any negative reaction against him or attacks against his character has not been condoned by me.
Yesterday, I called Mr. Shea personally. We spoke at length, not about what he had posted, but instead about the reactions from the community. I hold no ill will against him, as he simply did what he felt he needed to do as union president. It was a great conversation with Billy and I do appreciate him taking the time to speak with me.
I have spent a decade as part of the poker community, and have truly come to appreciate this game and the family of people in it.
That being said, it seems for the best that I step away from the poker world indefinitely. I do want to say thank you to my family and my friends, both inside and outside of poker, who have been incredibly supportive during this time.
Finally, even though I won’t be a part of the poker world for now, I’ll still be rooting for the industry to continue to grow, expand, and improve, in all the ways that we know it can.