The newspaper says the man shooting the shark appears to be Alex Kompothecras of MTV’s “Siesta Key.” He was pictured previously wearing the same red “Make America Great Again” hat and clothes while posing with a dead hammerhead on the network’s Facebook page. Kompothecras apologized and deleted a video of a shark being shot from his social media accounts, telling People magazine he “would not make those decisions again.” It’s illegal to shoot sharks in Florida waters.
Alex Kompothecras allegedly deleted a photo from his Instagram account posing with a dead hammerhead, see photo above, and wearing clothes similar to the man in the shooting video. "It's just wanton killing," said animal activist Russ Rector. He says he got the video from someone who filed a complaint with state investigators. Rector says many of the same men were responsible for dragging a blacktip shark from their boat, while laughing. He insists they also poured beer into the gills of a hammerhead, and that more unsettling videos are coming. "There's so much alcohol involved," Rector said. "You're gonna see the other people and Alex shooting at other fish on the line."
SIESTA KEY, Fla. (WFLA) – Premiere parties were cancelled. A Facebook page is calling for a boycott. The premiere of the reality show “Siesta Key” is getting negative publicity after activists connected one of the show’s stars to men in the infamous “shark dragging” video. Co-produced by well-known Sarasota chiropractor, Dr. Gary Kompothecras, and starring his son, Alex, Siesta Key follows young people living it up over a summer in the resort village. But, there are reports one of the young stars is buddies with the men behind the shark dragging video that came to light last week. His connection may have caused promoters to cancel a premier party at a Sarasota movie theater, and prompted a Facebook protest page calling for a boycott of the show. “I thought they should not be able to get away with being on TV to become more famous, to attract more followers to the social media pages,” said Ashley Midey, co-author of the Facebook page.
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