Gambling Scandal: Leave Wayne Alone!
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The recent NHL Hockey Gambling Ring Scandal has been all over the media in the last few days. In fact, it has been reported that Rick Tocchet and Wayne Gretzky were allegedly discussing the multimillion-dollar gambling operation before it was dismantled.
On Tuesday February 9, 2006, during a conference, Wayne Gretzky told the press that he had not been involved with the gambling ring. Gretzky said, "Am I concerned for both of them? Sure there's concern from me. I'm more worried about them than me."
I find it very interesting that despite all the accusations now being thrown at NFL hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, the authorities at this time say there is no evidence that Mr. Gretzky did any gambling or was involved himself. And while his wife may have been accused of participation, so much of the focus seems to be pointed at Wayne Getzky.
As The Great One said, "The reality is, I'm not involved, I wasn't involved and I'm not going to be involved."
What this means is that some of the persons accused may have been involved, but as a previous die-hard Edmonton Oilers fan, and a Wayne Gretzky fan in particular, I simply cannot believe that my old role model would be part of something that could potentially be so damaging to the sport of Hockey - a sport he loves with such passion.
Some writers believe he should remove himself from the Canadian Winter Olympic Hockey Team. They feel if he goes to Italy he will simply spread the size and scope of the scandal...
I was unaware Italy was so isolated. Whatever will they do once they get television, radio and the internet? Or, is it just possible that they already know of the situation?
I suppose time will tell, but I strongly feel Wayne Gretzky, one of the finest hockey players we have ever seen, should be there encouraging Canadian players and giving them the benefit of his years of experience.
To do less would be indicative of guilt, and make an innocent man look guilty.