Here is a story that probably got way too much attention over the past couple of days. But there are a few details that may have gotten lost in translation about how and why Andrew Tate got arrested and what this has to do with pizza.
We’re not going into full detail about who Andrew Tate is because, at this point, almost everybody knows and has an opinion about him. The guy received an unprecedented ban from all social media back in August. Within days, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and even TikTok all deleted his accounts. But it seems he’s back to some degree because, on December 27th, he was locking horns with Greta Thunberg on Twitter of all places.
This is what he told her: “I have 33 cars. My Bugatti has a W16 8.0L quad-turbo. My TWO Ferrari 812 Competizione have 6.5L V12s. This is just the start. Please provide your email address so I can send a complete list of my car collection and their respective enormous emissions.”
I personally don’t believe he’s got 33 supercars of that caliber, and unless I’m mistaken, he’s including the vehicles owned by his brother. But I get the point; this is a kind of middle finger to the eco-obsessed culture, to the people who glue themselves to Ferraris and Porsches at motor shows. It’s what Jeremy Clarkson would have been doing 20 years ago, and it also falls in line with the hyper-masculinity that’s at the core of his brand.
Greta responds on Twitter saying “yes, please enlighten me. Email me at [email protected]” and activists rejoice that Tate is being put in his place. Look, I’d like to point out that none of this is doing anything for the environment. But it gets stranger after that.
As part of this heated exchange, Tate gets into full character and posts a video of himself in a Versace robe, smoking a cigar while a person off-camera hands him two boxes of Jerry’s Pizza. And this is how he got arrested, believe it or not.
Romanian police were apparently looking for mister Cobra Tate and based on the pizza boxes, they determined that he was in the country. The next day, they swooped him and his brother up. Yes, this is a fact, Andrew Tate did get arrested because of pizza because this particular brand is specific to Romania. Or at least that’s what the local authorities say. It’s pretty funny that in the world of airports, surveillance cameras, and traceable phones they used pizza boxes.
Tate doesn’t believe climate change is linked to his supercars
After the arrest, he faces 30 days of pre-trial detention for human trafficking charges, some other bad stuff we can’t mention, and forming an organized crime group.
“The Matrix has attacked me!” said the controversial influencer as he was being led away in handcuffs. The charges are quite serious and could take a while to clear, but I just thought it was amazing how this is all related to bragging about the Bugatti, one of the things which made Tate famous in the first place.
It is an amazing car, though. One which most supercar fans would brag about. His particular example is worth at least $3.6 million, is known for its gold paint, and is one of only 60 units of the Chiron Pur Sport ever made. In case you’re wondering, the 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine makes 1,479 horsepower (1,500 PS) and 1,180 pound-feet of torque (1,600 Nm).
It also emits 571 grams of CO2 per kilometer, and that’s just the official number. At top speed, this car can empty its whole fuel tank in 9 minutes. It is a cool car, though, and it’s not like Tate can drive all 33 cars at the same time… while getting pizza.
Romanian police have raided Tate’s home there. The footage they released shows captured swards, at least two guns, and wads of cash, which is frankly not surprising if you’ve ever watched content from this guy.
More recent reports following his arrest suggest between 9 and 15 of his cars, all the ones that were in Romania, are being seized by the local police. These are quite serious charges, and if the authorities can prove said cars were bought through unlawful means… well, let’s just say it’s bad news. Again, reports will vary, but we have seen footage of two BMWs (M5 and an old X6M), two Ferraris (458 and 812 Superfast), a Mercedes V-Class luxury van, three Porsches, the McLaren 765LT, one Aston Martin and the Rolls-Royce Wraith. Apparently, the famous Bugatti was not in the country.
By “seized” we mean that there’s a string through the door handles and Andrew shouldn’t drive them, not that they’re being moved to a federal facility where they’re under armed guard. Most if not all should still be at the house, which is reportedly also being seized.