Revelations and Belief
'Tis the season, apparently, to un-burden oneself.
First Theo Fleury. Then Tim Donaghy, Andre Agassi and last and probably least, Mike Danton. Fleury and Agassi have published tell-all-or-at-least-some books, Donaghy wants to blab in book form but can't yet get it published and Danton did a sit down with Nick Kypreos.
All interesting. All with Jerry Springer, look-at-me elements to their work, as though they were once addicted to attention and have never been able to get over that addiction.
But who do you believe? What rings true and what sounds just like more fibs from a fibber?
Here's how I'd rank them from most believable to least believable:
1. Agassi: This is no great honour in this group, believe me. No one seems to be able to adequately explain the reasons why Agassi wanted to reveal crystal meth use and trash his ex-wife, but haven't heard anybody suggest he's lying yet.
2. Fleury: Some of the stuff is a bit outlandish, probably hyperbole as opposed to outright untruths. Out of all these guys, Fleury is the only one who can plausibly assert something good may come out of his work given the great shame victims of sexual abuse often feel. One point: People should stop suggesting Fleury is pondering criminal action against Graham James. Its not up to Fleury. It's up to the cops and the crown attorney to decide whether there is sufficient evidence.
3. Donaghy: Some sounds possibly true, some flamboyant exaggerations. Once a cheat and a liar always a cheat and a liar. Tricky for a publisher to get behind.
4. Danton: Don't buy one single solitary word of it. His inability to look in the camera as he dissembled was a dead giveaway. To much of it he really didn't give a clear answer. Just sad to watch.