Michael Turnbull got a little creative with his bio during Wednesday's Australian premiere of The Bachelorette. Turnbull is a retired soccer player who played goalie for the Melbourne Victory. He mentioned some fond memories from his career:
The highlight of my career was playing for Australia and the Socceroos and also the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
This story led to a little fact-checking on the Internet. Viewers of The Bachelorette are a ravenous and relentless bunch; devouring the guilty pleasure of the show while they simultaneously tweet every second of the broadcast. And they took issue with Michael's claims, specifically that he ever played for the Socceroos or had playing time during the Olympics. His statements then drew attention from Socceroos fans too:
Eventually, the Socceroos club and the head of Sydney Football Club had to jump in and lend Michael some support:
The uproar did not go unnoticed, and Michael released a statement:
I am very proud of my soccer career and all that I have achieved. I was honoured to be a part of the Australian team for the Sydney Olympics and during my time as a professional soccer player, I was lucky enough to play overseas. I commenced my career playing for the young Socceroos. Apologies for any confusion caused in regards to suggesting I played for the Socceroos. My main goal now is to find love on The Bachelorette.
Australia and Michael have both learned a valuable lesson: The Bachelorette is NOT for disingenuous people. It is for honest, sincere souls looking for true love, and don't ever forget that.