Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Craig Jones is among BTC owners who lost the chance of a lifetime during the 2017 bitcoin surge. Jones apparently misplaced his coins and missed on the chance to cash in for a massive profit.
According to a recent blog post on CoinJar, the 29-year old Australian-based Jiu-Jitsu Federation World No-Gi Champion couldn’t sell his BTC when the price hit 20K. The two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Trials champion had bought bitcoin in 2015 at between $200-400.
Nobody Could Remember
Jones said he and a couple of friends bought the Bitcoin just for the fun of it. Come the year 2017, and the price of BTC skyrocketed. Jones and his friends rushed back to try and take advantage of the situation and their investment. Jones said:
“Back in 2015, a couple of mates and I bought some Bitcoin for sh*ts and giggles and then forgot about it almost immediately […] then when things went crazy a couple of years later we were all frantically trying to work out who had the password, but nobody could remember how to get our account back. I definitely have a few regrets there.”
Announced their Preference
Jones, who is famous for utilizing leg locks to take down his opponents, is now an ambassador and cryptocurrency promoter. The fighter was recently awarded a sum of $1000 in Bitcoin Cash (BCH) as part of the prize for a match he won in the UK. The Australian-based CoinJar cryptocurrency exchange announced they would immediately sponsor Jones with cryptocurrency using his exchange account.
Cryptocurrencies are once again starting to become popular among professional sportspeople and companies. Several other players have recently announced their preference in being paid via bitcoin. The list includes several NFL players who said they preferred to have their contracts include bitcoin payments.
Paid in BTC
Several famous names and organizations globally are turning to cryptocurrency and digital payments. Jon Fitch, an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), became one of MMA’s first to be paid in BTC back in 2015. Last April, UFC fighter Ben Askren used his Twitter account to promote the Bitcoin rewards halving on May 11.
Promoting bitcoin using influential names in the world of sports is also gaining mileage. Recently, the prominent African American NASCAR driver and champion Darrel “Bubba” Wallace transformed his racing car’s paint job and new suit design to include Bitcoin’s logo.