Randy Hopper, president of Ranger Boats, issued the following statement Tuesday announcing a parting of the ways with BASS pro Michael Iaconelli:
"Based on a series of events that occurred during the recent Bassmaster
Classic competition, Ranger Boats is withdrawing its sponsorship and
affiliation with Mike Iaconelli. We do not believe that Mike's conduct
during the tournament appropriately represents the deep-seated values on
which our company was built and continues to operate.
"Ranger further acknowledges Iaconelli's impressive angling achievements
as well as his commitment to promoting the sport of fishing. His efforts
to encourage others through the platform of fishing are a credit to his
many accomplishments. While we regret his actions leading to this
decision, we wish Mike well in future ventures."