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Subject: RE: profile on lingren was 7 minutes long....
I am TRUELY SORRY you all had to see that piece on ESPN. There have been similar stories in Runner's World, Sports Ilistrated, The Seattle Times, Honolulu Star Bulletin, and a host of other publications. The first one was done by a now-defunct running magazine in 1979. A reporter visited my ex right after our split and she took out her hostility on the reporter. The article came out in that publication and I did nothing about it for so long (never knew about it) that it became 'common domain" and any other publications can print the same thing without liability. Now I am stuck with it. I have no recourse.
It is the nail that sticks out that gets hammered down. Every time some sports writer comes to me saying they want to write a SPORTS story, I have to worry that they are instead looking for a rag mag item to sell magazines, or in this case your patronage. Sports Illistrated came to me saying they wanted to clear this up, promised me they would print the truth, that I would see the article before publication and have final say in its publication. They wrote a fine article about track and I approved. Their article came out and it was a near word for word reprint of the original article. I ask WHY and was told, "It sells magazines." ESPN did the same thing.
This is my fault. If I would publicly air MY side of the story, wave my dirty laundry for a sports to see, belittle my ex, allow ESPN to judge my moral character, then maybe I could walk away from this. I refuse to do that. Sports used to be sports, not rag mag journalism.
I am truely sorry though that I cause YOU to become angry because of something I have done. I wrote my book (www.gerrylindgren.com) and lived my life devoted to helping make running better/ life better. Instead I have created hate and for that I am truely sorry. GERRY
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