robgibraltar, on Monday, April 9th, 2007, 2:07 PM, said:
Daniel - were you asked to repeat the facts or to make your own judgement based on what you admit is only one side of the story?Repeating the facts as you have been told them from a person involved, and even repeating that person's take on the situation is admirable and something any good friend would do. However I believe that, for all your good intentions, by making a public judgement of the situation and levelling accusations at a party who's version of events you have not heard is a little irresponsible.You have a wide audience, and are well respected both inside and outisde of the poker world. People listen to you. With the respect you receive comes an obligation to be fair - both to your friends and to those who could have been misunderstood. If you were just a 2-bit player with a blog audience of 1 then no big deal. But you're not. People who do not know the facts cannot fail to be influenced by your writings.My personal opinion is that this has been the mother of all misunderstandings. But I'm pretty sure that I have never once seen any form of confession by 'Mar' (as you so adroitly put it) stating that he owed the money / had no intention to pay etc. That is my opinion, and I could be wrong. I don't have a blog audience so it doesn't really matter if I am right or wrong.Please consider a modification to your blog - remove your own judgements for the time being until you are in full posession of all the facts and until someone has asked you to make a judgement.I'm not trying to rob you of your right to free speech, far from it. But what about the rights of the other parties to be heard before judgement is made?Thanks - and best of luck at the tables.R.
A well written post. However, they have been heard from and presented their side of the story in the blog post written by Marc. The post is full of holes IMO, and even if what they said was accurate (I don't beleive it to be) it would have no bearing on whether they lost the money and should pay in full. What justification could they have for not even paying the portion that they won from Phil, which is approximately $220,000? I have heard thier side of the story, but frankly, I don't think they have a leg to stand on here. Whether they feel like they got hustled or not, they gambled, lost... and now need to pay.