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Jeff Pearlman surprised at backlash: “I love Walter Payton”

Discussion in 'The Cheap Seats' started by Iron Mickey, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. Iron Mickey

    Iron Mickey I'd take her out for some casadias

    Jul 14, 2009


    Author Jeff Pearlman, whose new biography says Walter Payton abused drugs and cheated on his wife, says he greatly admires Payton and is taken aback by the harsh reaction his book has received among Payton’s friends and fans.

    “I love Walter Payton,” Pearlman said on The Dan Patrick Show, via John Mullin of CSNChicago.com. “I love him a million times more now, understanding him as much as I feel like I do, than when I was just some guy, a fan reading love notes to him.”

    The reaction in Chicago has been nasty, with Payton’s old coach Mike Ditka leading the charge by saying he’d like to spit on Pearlman. Although Pearlman is no stranger to controversy (he wrote the much-discussed 1999 Sports Illustrated profile of John Rocker), he says he wasn’t quite prepared for the response to his Payton biography, which was excerpted in Sports Illustrated this week.

    “It’s been pretty fierce,” Pearlman said. “I’ve never had a backlash like this in my life. It hasn’t been the most fun day in my life.”

    But Pearlman insists, despite the protests of many who knew Payton, that he sought to paint a fair and accurate portrait of a man he respects. Pearlman says he talked to Payton’s friends and family and believes that a full reading of the book tells the story of a good man who led a complicated life.

    “I guarantee you, when people read the full book, all 460 pages and not just the five in Sports Illustrated, they’ll consider it a very detailed and all-encompassing and very fair look at his life,” Pearlman said.

    If nothing else, Pearlman is right that his book should be judged by those who actually read it, and not those like Ditka who would cast aspersions on Pearlman before reading what he wrote.
  2. 1ke

    1ke D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F.

    Jun 18, 2009
    If I read, I would read it. Dont understand all the people butthurt over it.
  3. Colemanchu

    Colemanchu GOAT SPLITTER

    Feb 23, 2009
    probably better to wait until the books released and then read it. i think the people trying to make money here are more than likely sports illustrated and the publisher. that's why they picked the juicy parts out of an entire book and fed it to the public, otherwise it's just another book about someone who doesn't matter at all in your day today.

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