All a man really has in the end is his name, right?
“Will The Winner” and “Will Rogers” were just characters, Sen. Chip Rogers has said, created by a client who hired him to perform as a sports handicapper under both names.
Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, while serving as a freshman legislator, regularly oversaw production of promotional mailings that advertised over-the-phone sports handicapping services and an offshore casino, former printers and a onetime associate in the handicapping industry say.
The senator, whose legal name is William Rogers IV, did not respond this week to requests for comment. Previously, he has acknowledged appearing under those names in the 1990s in TV infomercials and other media. But he said he was merely reading a script with someone else’s predictions about sporting events and that his client, OTM Sports, owned the rights to those characters.
Rogers has also denied being the Will Rogers who wrote a 2001 column titled “Bet on Football and Win” for AskMen.com. That Will Rogers, credited as being a sports handicapper, recommended that readers place bets with the offshore Oasis Casino & Sportsbook and said he had referred clients to Oasis since 1996.
The senator has other ties to Oasis Casinos. He was featured on a 2000 episode of “The Sports Insiders,” a cable TV show that featured several ads for Oasis. In addition, two metro Atlanta printing companies say they worked closely with Rogers over a six-year period to produce promotional mailings that featured Oasis advertising.