White Marlin Open Organizers File Interpleader Against Winner - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

White Marlin Open Organizers File Interpleader Against Winner

Posted: Updated:
(The White Marlin Open organizers file lawsuit against The Kallianassa; Photo credit: WBOC) (The White Marlin Open organizers file lawsuit against The Kallianassa; Photo credit: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md. (WBOC) -- The organizers of the White Marlin Open filed an interpleader against this year's tournament winner Friday afternoon.

According to legal records, the organizers of the tournament claim that winner Philip Heasley and three other members of the Kallianassa's crew failed post-tournament polygraph tests regarding following the rules and regulations of the competition. Specifically in the fishing boat's "Catch Report," tournament officials say in the claim that a time of 8:15 a.m. was originally written down and later changed to 9:05 a.m. The tournament's rules state that you cannot start fishing until 8:30 a.m.

The organizers of the tournament announced earlier this week via the White Marlin Open official website that the cash prize of $2.8 million would be withheld due to an alleged violation. On Thursday, Heasley released a statement via Facebook amid the allegations saying:

 The Kallianassa's excellent crew and superb captain have always maintained the highest levels of integrity; they will be vindicated and walking tall in the fishing community.

If found by a judge that there was in fact a violation of the tournament's rules and regulations, the tournament's organizers say that the judge will make an official call on how the prize money is distributed. Heasley and his crew aboard the Kallianassa were named the 2016 White Marlin Open winners, bringing in a 76 and 1/2 pound white marlin on August 9th.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Delaware Qualifies for Emergency Disaster Designation, Possible Help for Farmers

    Delaware Qualifies for Emergency Disaster Designation, Possible Help for Farmers

    Aug 20, 2018 4:19 PM -04:002018-08-20 20:19:00 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 4:19 PM EDT2018-08-20 20:19:07 GMT
    BRIDGEVILLE, De.- Federal agriculture officials have granted Delaware an emergency disaster designation because of a difficult planting and growing season. That means farmers will be able to apply for assistance. The Delaware Department of Agriculture saiMore
    BRIDGEVILLE, De.- Federal agriculture officials have granted Delaware an emergency disaster designation because of a difficult planting and growing season. That means farmers will be able to apply for assistance. The Delaware Department of Agriculture saiMore
  • Hogan Administration Announces $500,000 in Awards to Programs that Assist Survivors of Homicide

    Hogan Administration Announces $500,000 in Awards to Programs that Assist Survivors of Homicide

    Aug 20, 2018 4:09 PM -04:002018-08-20 20:09:00 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 4:09 PM EDT2018-08-20 20:09:27 GMT
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan delivers his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature in Annapolis on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: AP/Steve Ruark)Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan delivers his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature in Annapolis on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: AP/Steve Ruark)
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan delivers his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature in Annapolis on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: AP/Steve Ruark)Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan delivers his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature in Annapolis on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: AP/Steve Ruark)
    The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) announced Monday $500,000 in awards to assist public and nonprofit agencies in addressing the specific needs of victims who are survivors of homicide.More
    The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) announced Monday $500,000 in awards to assist public and nonprofit agencies in addressing the specific needs of victims who are survivors of homicide.More
  • Chesapeake Film Festival Scheduled for October

    Chesapeake Film Festival Scheduled for October

    Aug 20, 2018 4:04 PM -04:002018-08-20 20:04:00 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 4:04 PM EDT2018-08-20 20:04:28 GMT
    The 2018 Chesapeake Film Festival roll outs the red carpet beginning October 11th and runs through October 14th.The 2018 Chesapeake Film Festival roll outs the red carpet beginning October 11th and runs through October 14th.
    The 2018 Chesapeake Film Festival roll outs the red carpet beginning October 11th and runs through October 14th.The 2018 Chesapeake Film Festival roll outs the red carpet beginning October 11th and runs through October 14th.
    The 2018 Chesapeake Film Festival is bringing 48 films over four days to the Delmarva Midshore, showcasing a number of films and hosting various panel discussions and receptions.More
    The 2018 Chesapeake Film Festival is bringing 48 films over four days to the Delmarva Midshore, showcasing a number of films and hosting various panel discussions and receptions.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices