Wow, the writer of this article certainly found a disparaging way to report recent changes to the Minnesota Wild lineup (by the way, we are fans of hockey in this house–always rooting for the NY Islanders or whichever team is playing against the NJ Devils). I posted an earlier article which I found to be spirit-boosting for myself and perhaps other MSers would find it that way as well. The article gave a brief, uplifting synopsis about the goalie for the Minnesota Wild, Josh Harding–a recently diagnosed MSer–having an incredible season. Wait…(do you hear the arm of the record player loudly scratch across his gold album?)…today, the Washington Post shamelessly ‘prints’ this article– shamelessly written by Dave Campbell of the Associated Press–which is struggling to completely blow the role model image I see in Josh Harding. Shame, shame. Yes, the writer does in fact claim that the General Manager of the team, Chuck Fletcher said, “Backstrom (the backup goalie to Harding) nor Harding will be healthy enough to mind the net again this season…” (I just heard another loooong scratch across a record album). Could these be the manager’s true words, or are these words simply strung together by the writer? Shame again, if this were crafty writing tactic to completely shed a negative light on all those mentioned in the article. The other player, Backstrom, is rehabing from severe player-related injuries and of course, Harding, is in the midst of “his best season ever” proudly showing the world that MS can just fuck off and die. If the written words are true, did Fletcher really state that Harding will “probably finished in the fall, too,” ? How dare he speak on behalf of Harding? If there is anything a disease inflicted person would despise more, it would be hearing (or reading) someone else speaking on their behalf in a negative tone. His slanderous choice of words could be career ruining for this guy who is boldly and publicly working to defy the crushing force of MS. Again, if these words are true, I hope that Harding uses our justice system well to keep him from ever spewing such harsh words in the future. Just because a sports figure, or anyone else, went public with his or her diagnosis, it does not mean that it is okay for their employer (or the Wild’s General Manager, who represents this team/employer/NHL) should publicly announce how they project their employee’s personal business will affect business.
This is a great story full of inspiration and promise. For Runner With M.S., No Pain While Racing, No Feeling at the Finish – NYTimes.com.