Viewers have been addicted to every minute of MTV’s The Challenge: Rivals so far this season. This season pairs up former rivals who must work together to win the big cash prize at the end of the season. By far the biggest rivalry this season is the rematch of Adam King and CT Tamburello. In the first show this season, CT made reference to his brother having been shot, and in the sneak peek for Wednesday’s episode, he speaks about it again. Fans are wondering what the full story is about CT’s brother.
CT’s brother, Vincent Tamburello, Jr., was shot and killed in August, 2008 during an argument at a softball field in Chester, VT. Witness accounts varied and changed, but it seemed that Tamburello had clashed with a group of locals in the days leading to the fatal confrontation with Kyle Bolaski. According to Valley News, “The confrontation started when Tamburello allegedly stole $40 worth of marijuana from one of the friends,” and the disagreement escalated.
Reports indicated that Tamburello and Bolaski agreed to meet at the softball field, and things got ugly. Tamburello allegedly went after the group with an ax, and Bolaski ran to his pick-up truck to get a rifle. He shot Vinnie Tamburello in the leg, and then again in the back. The second shot to his back was determined to be the fatal shot, and Bolaski claimed he shot in self-defense. Witnesses claimed, however, that Tamburello was retreating from Bolaski when he was shot the second time.
Bolaski claimed he kept the rifle in his truck to hunt coyotes, but witnesses disputed the claim. Instead, it was said that Bolski had first loaded a rifle into his brother Cory’s truck. However, the group of friends ran low on gas and went back to Bolaski’s home to get Kyle’s truck. Kyle transferred the rifle to his truck and Cory brought out a second rifle from inside the house, then the group drove to the softball field.
The jury did not accept Bolaski’s claim of self-defense, and he was found guilty in May, 2011 of second-degree murder. The jury only deliberated for three hours after hearing testimony over the course of the two week trial regarding the conflict that occurred in front of dozens of witnesses. Bolaski was found not guilty of a second charge of aggravated assault. That charge stemmed from Bolaski allegedly hitting Vincent Tamburello in the head with the butt of his rifle as Vinnie lay dying.
The verdict comes after a very trying three years for the Tamburello family, as the case almost did not go to trial at all. In the preview for Wednesday’s Challenge: Rivals show, CT shares that his brother’s death happened shortly before filming for The Challenge: Duel II, and he know realizes he never should have participated in the show. Vinnie Tamburello had moved to Vermont from Boston shortly before his death, seeking a fresh start after a troubled past with substance abuse.
Bolaski was sentenced to 20 years to life, though he has asked for a new trial. Fans of MTV’s The Challenge series have been vocal about their feelings regarding CT’s violent past on the show, particularly the explosive attack on Adam that left King injured and truly worried for his safety. For the most part, CT has seemed to be a changed man throughout most of this season, and in Wednesday’s show he appears to open up and share a tender side of himself with castmate Laurel.