Mike Ditka is absolutely right about the book that Jeff Pearlman "I think it's ridiculous to me," Ditka said Thursday on "Carmen, Jurko & Harry" on ESPN 1000. "What's the point? What's the point? The point is one thing only -- to sell books. That's all it's about. It's a bunch of crap, first of all.”
He is referring to the controversial new book by Jeff Pearlman about Walter Payton.
"If you're going to wait 12 years after somebody's passed, come on. This is the sign of a gutless individual who would do this. Totally gutless who would hide behind that, and that's what he's done."
"I learned a long time ago people can point the finger, say anything they want to say," Ditka said. "What gives [Pearlman] any credibility? What's his expertise? I know he's an author, and the only way he would know anything is to get information from other people. Who's to say the other people he got information from gave authentic information? He didn't get it from the horse's mouth. He didn't get it from Walter. I have a lot of questions about the authenticity of the book."
Even beyond the authenticity, this wreaks of a person buying into the ‘Howard Stern’ mindset. Hey, most of us have skeletons in our closet. That is what happens when you are human.
Pearlman addressed Ditka’s comment and justified it with having talked to 678 people, including close family members. But this goes beyond credibility. It gets to human decency. It might be interesting to see what might be found behind Pearlman if somebody ‘went there’.
Pearlman admitted he did it for money. Okay, yeah, he writes for a living, but there is nothing that says one has to seize every ‘opportunity’ they come across. If so, they are selling out; that is selling out with regard to their principles. Well, maybe not. Apparently, Pearlman has no principles.