Mark Madsen Purchased Allegedly Stolen Domain Name for $100,000 on eBay
Goncalves changed the ownership of the domain, and put it up for sale on eBay (apparently in 2006). It sold for $111,000. The reported buyer: Mark Madsen. The AP reports this is the Mark Madsen, long-time Laker and Timberwolf. Goncalves was arrested at home in New Jersey last week.
As unreal as this sounds, Madsen was one of the first NBA players to have a substantial (if ... unrefined) web presence. He is a Stanford graduate. He does have a substantial annual salary ($2.8 million next season). Domain Name News reports that Madsen has invested in domain names before and is active in domain name forums on the web.
It's probably not the first time a pro athlete has purchased a stolen good. However, it's unlikely any previous hot item was this nerdy.