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'X Games' Star 'Jacko'

Nixing Snowmobile Stunts

Dishonors Caleb Moore

2/21/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0220-jackson-strong-caleb-moore-facebook"X Games" star Jackson Strong is calling out ESPN for canceling an upcoming snowmobile freestyle competition -- the incredibly dangerous sport that cost Caleb Moore his life 3 weeks ago in Aspen.

Action sports athletes have been mum since ESPN pulled the plug on the freestyle demo -- scheduled for next month in France -- but Jackson tells TMZ he thinks that's a big mistake ... and not at all what his friend Caleb would want.

Jackson, aka "Jacko," says ... “Personally, I don’t think he would have been impressed if they were to cancel the contest. Anyone in 'X Games' or action sports knows the risk they are taking.”

Caleb died on Jan. 31 from injuries he suffered while attempting to backflip his 450 lb. snowmobile. ESPN says it's continuing to review snowmobile freestyle ... but some critics think it should be eliminated altogether.

21-year-old Jacko had his own 'X Games' brush with death while trying a freakish move called "The Jack" (below at 1:00) -- and admits there are huge risks when stunts go wrong ... but "everybody is pumped when it goes right.”
 


That might sound like a cavalier attitude considering we're talking life or death -- but Jacko says, "Anybody truly involved in action sports is to going to do it no matter what. If people don’t [like it], then they can go suck a d**k.”  

So, we gotta ask ...


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52 COMMENTS

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1.

KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

506 days ago
2.

tdr9    

We need more news

506 days ago
3.

LookInTheSky    

In any sport, there will always be an element of danger. That's the risk you take.

506 days ago
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(◉_◉) Brush Your Teeth (◉_◉)    

Wacko Jacko ?

506 days ago
5.

Amy    

What if you like action sports and sucking a d i c k?

506 days ago
6.

Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

When did doing thrill show stunts become an 'action sport'?

506 days ago
7.

Mrugowsky    

Whatever.

506 days ago
8.

Cran    

Does the possibility of dying make it more fun?

506 days ago
9.

jabberjaws    

Hey jerko,who gives a f**k!

506 days ago
10.

monique    

after seeing the actual video of what happened to mr moore i have to say GOOD for espn! i know he died doing what he loved but can't nobody tell me right now those who loved him would want the chance for that day's events to have been cancelled, jackson strong is an idot! do what you love to do but remember those who love you and how your dangerous sport will affect them once you're gone

506 days ago
11.

laffnbear    

It seems to me the whole idea of XGames is adolescent foolishness and should be dropped altogether.
They degrade the entire world of sports.

506 days ago
12.

Max    

The most horrible part of that accident was how they let him jump up and start checking out his snowmobile to see if he could ride again. Crazy to watch but waaaaaay too dangerous. If the riders are too dumb to see it, then someone else has to make the call.

506 days ago
13.

She's baaaack    

Dishonors? So they should kiss the snow first or what?

506 days ago
14.

David    

ESPN Shows NASCAR and Open Wheel racing. I don't know why they would get squeamish about this.

506 days ago
15.

ivy4990    

Why don't we ban football while we're at since that carrys so many risk. If this is what they choose to do with their lives canceling an event is going to do very little to stop them

506 days ago
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