Logan Paul speaks out on Jake Paul & RiceGum’s gambling scam fiasco

Virginia Glaze

Social media star Logan Paul invited YouTuber Bryan ‘RiceGum’ Le onto his ‘imPaulsive’ podcast on January 5, where he asked him about his controversial video promoting alleged gambling website ‘MysteryBrand.net.’

Logan Paul admitted that he understood RiceGum’s reasoning for partnering with the brand, speculating that the YouTuber earned anywhere from $200,000 to $250,000 for the deal.

Paul also sympathized with Le’s video on the subject, where he noted that many other YouTubers with far more subscribers were also working with the site.

“In my opinion, it’s a very minor thing,” Paul said of the debacle. “It’s just the first thing of the year for people to be like, ‘Gotcha!’”

RiceGum himself went on to state that he shouldn’t have promoted the website to children – but didn’t turn his nose down at the money offered for the deal, either.

“All I’m saying was, it was a mistake, I probably shouldn’t have done it, and it will never happen again – but, shit, I made the bag!” RiceGum laughed.

However, Le took issue with critics labeling the site a ‘scam,’ claiming that he “didn’t know much” about the service and wasn’t involved in a shady plot to swindle users out of their money.

YouTube has since spoken out on the issue, claiming that creators are responsible for being transparent with their audience and adhering to local laws in an interview with The Verge on January 3. 

Even so, the platform’s policy on promoting scams and or “deceptive practices” could come back to haunt both Le and Jake Paul, should they change their stance on the matter.

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