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"Sport" (real name Matthew) is a mafia pimp and drug dealer who serves as the main antagonist of the film Taxi Driver (1976). Sport is the pimp of a 12 year old girl named Iris who was a naive run away and the fascination of deranged taxi driver and anti-hero, Travis Bickle. Because of his role as Iris's pimp he inadvertently becomes Bickle's arch-nemesis.

"Sport" is portrayed by actor Harvey Keitel.

Biography

"Sport" is first seen when Iris enters Bickle's taxi begging him to drive off. Before Bickle can do so, "Sport" forces Iris out of the car and drags her away with him.

Bickle develops interest in Iris in the sense that he wants her to find her parents and go back to school rather than waste her life as a prostitute for Sport who Bickle sees as a foul individual. At one point in the movie Bickle inquires Sport about spending fifteen minutes with Iris, and Sport (not thinking anything of this request) informs him of the prices for time with Iris. When Bickle and Iris are alone in a room together, Bickle reveals that he is not interested in sex with Iris, rather he is concerned about her future and recalls the day when Sport dragged Iris out of Bickle's taxi. Iris states that she was on drugs when this happened, and she would never want to leave Sport nor go back to her parents.

A later scene shows Sport and Iris in a room where Sport flirts and gets intimate with Iris.

Near the end of the film, Bickle prepares several hundred dollars to be sent to Iris, along with a note saying that he will probably be dead by the time she gets the letter. Bickle finds Sport standing outside his brothel, and after the two insult one another Bickle shoots Sport in the gut. A few moments later Bickle enters the brothel where he shoots one of Sport's men in the hand. As the man screams in pain, the wounded Sport shoots Bickle in the neck but Bickle manages to shoot Sport to death. Immediately afterwards, Bickle kills two of Sport's men (including the one shot in the hand) before passing out on a nearby couch as the police arrive. When Bickle recovers from his coma, he is hailed a hero for taking down Sport, and it is revealed that Iris is back in school and with her parents.

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