If you haven’t heard by now, Sports Illustrated’s resident shameless assclown Jeff Pearlman is about to publish a new book that chronicles Bears Hall-of-Fame RB Walter Payton’s life after football. The book will supposedly claim that Payton was depressed, beat his wife, contemplated numerous suicide attempts, abused drugs, and had numerous extramarital affairs. Pearlman cites a letter he dug up for the slandering information. None of the information in this book has been authorized. Why anyone given the gift of life would so utterly disrespect someone else who is so well respected is beyond rational thought. Shame on you, Mr. Pearlman.
The Coach (Mike Ditka) called Pearlman “gutless” in response to the book. He further said he would spit on Pearlman if he ever saw him again. Cheers to you, Coach, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Not only has Pearlman libeled and slandered one of the greatest football players and human beings of all time, he did it with cowardice. A sensationalizing bastard trying to make a quick buck. Walter Payton has been in heaven for over a decade now. This classless move by Pearlman (who admittedly, wrote this to make money) begs the question, why now? Pearlman himself was unable to answer this question competently, citing only his three years of research on the piece. Sweetness was still a decade removed three years ago Jeff, you disrespectful bastard. Panthers coach Ron Rivera, a former player on the 85 Bears and the Bears former Defensive Coordinator, echoed Ditka’s sentiments in a less harsh tone, noting he would never buy such a book. On Facebook earlier today, Brian Urlacher also chided that Pearlman is an jackass, and his opinion about the great #34 remains unchanged. Props to you 54, go get em on Sunday!
All of Chicago should boycott this pile of shit novel. It’s exactly that. A piece of shit. And fiction. Don’t buy it. Don’t borrow it from your local library. Don’t pick it up if you find it on the street. Don’t open it if you see it. Don’t let this garbage slander your thoughts and respect for Sweetness. He’s still one of my favorite athletes and a role model I hold dear to my heart. Hearing about this book made me sick to my stomach and made me want to jack the puny looking Pearlman in the face. If Pearlman were smart, he’d never step within the Cook County line again. Coward.