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Nearly 15 years have passed. Which—as anyone who has watched one-and-a-half decades fly by can attest—is weird and confusing and a bit jarring.
A few weeks later, I was in Las Vegas for the Triple-A World Series. I visited the hotel bookstore and saw George. Jordan’s Jake Rocker story appeared—as did the accusation of racism (alongside my denial). My hands began to shake. I returned to my room and called Catherine, my future wife. “I’m suing the family,” I told her. “I know I shouldn’t, but I am. I’m suing.”
Over the course of that span, I’ve written for Sports Illustrated, left Sports Illustrated, written for Newsday, left Newsday. I’ve published six books. I got married, bought a house, had two children. I’ve seen friends and relatives die, other friends and relatives experience weddings, bar mitzvahs, christenings. Highs, lows. Ups, downs.
He left out the part where he slowly slid into a cesspool of reeking ####. I guess he already existed in that special place 15 years ago.
He was pretty well soaking in that pool before the Rocker piece, all the way back to his days writing as a stringer in and around Tennessee.
I have nothing to feel guilty about.
I am torn. I want to read this, but I refuse to click on anything that may end up helping Jeff Pearlman have a better life.
I hadn't realized that it was Pearlman who wrote it, somehow. Sounds like maybe he'd be happier that way.
I mean, his lead for his "story" in SI on David Wells was "David Well is fat." That's the guy's idea of a good hook.
Pat Jordan is always worth reading.
He has new piece on Chris Archer in Sports on Earth that is very interesting on a number of levels.
Can someone tell me why we (you all?) hate Pearlman so much? Cliffs notes version?
Pat Jordan can be a big ####### too, but he constantly redeems himself by being a fine and interesting writer.
Pearl man isn't liked here because he wrote that Barry Bonds cheated and people here don't like to be reminded that Barry Bonds cheated.
pat writes very well, but he always somehow manages to make anyone he writes about look like a shtthead or a shtthead beneath the skin
Then one day later that season, while sitting in the press box in Pittsburgh, I received a phone call from a fact-checker at George magazine, the publication founded by John F. Kennedy Jr. A writer named Pat Jordan was working on a piece about Jake Rocker, John’s father, and the fact-checker needed to ask me a question: Did I, in fact, call several African-American women in a department store “n——-s” in order to bait John during our day together?
Pearlman is a self hating feminist liberal. That's basically the cliffs notes version.
Fun fact: I was the managing editor of George magazine at that time. I wish I could remember who the fact-checker was.
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