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    Death Threats for Johnny

    http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercu...s/15107620.htm

    There really are some sick people out there

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    I don't know if they are sick or just evil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by attyfan
    I don't know if they are sick or just evil.
    Good point. Or perhaps trying to make themselves feel better about their own lives by trying to bring someone else down. How pathetic.

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    Dunno about Oksana, but wasn't Kwan being monitored by the FBI in Paris during one Lalique? (Or was it the first Champions series final? ) She'd gotten some pretty ropey fan mail I believe at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by floskate
    Dunno about Oksana, but wasn't Kwan being monitored by the FBI in Paris during one Lalique? (Or was it the first Champions series final? ) She'd gotten some pretty ropey fan mail I believe at the time.
    She did somewhere. I thought it was Germany, but I really don't remember.

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    I thought Michelle got some threatening letters early in her career, and it was worst at Worlds that year, but I forget what year...maybe 1996?

    Maria B. had some problems, too. Wasn't her car bombed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by floskate
    Dunno about Oksana, but wasn't Kwan being monitored by the FBI in Paris during one Lalique? (Or was it the first Champions series final? ) She'd gotten some pretty ropey fan mail I believe at the time.
    You remember correctly. It was Champion series final in France.

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpag...%2c%20Michelle

    I believe Johnny, like many celebrities or athletes, recieves hate mail. But he's not a household name. So I'm inclined to agree with those that think that the threats are not from casual viewers of figure skating that just watch during the Olympics and are anti-gay. I think it's coming from within skating echelons. Just a guess on my part.

    And I was skeptical at first. Johnny is so open about the minutiae of his life and revels in his candor, that it doesn't make sense for him to mention it in a random interview. But then, it makes no no sense for him to exaggerate it.

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    Remember, reporters can spin/write an article any way they want to. Possibly the reporter asked Johnny one of those lovely questions like "How did you feel about losing the gold for America?" and Johnny mentioned the death threats, and the reporter took it and ran with it.

    Similarly, maybe s/he asked Johnny if his parents' number was listed.

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    There are sure a lot of loons out there.

    Didn't Oksana Baiul get threats also? I maybe unclear here, but I seem to remember vaguely this happening a few years back.

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    Johnny should have told someone in Turino about the threats. I guess I don't understand why he didn't. I really don't think he used good judgement by not saying anything.

    Anyhow, Johnny sets himself up when he says things like:
    His personal phone number is not listed, but his parents' number is.
    Why would you say something like that?? His parents will probably have to get their phone number changed.

    I'm confused!!!

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    The fact that his parents' number is listed is public information. The article did not state that Johnny gave them this information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alsace
    The fact that his parents' number is listed is public information. The article did not state that Johnny gave them this information.
    And if what he says about threats is true, then the parents are going to get phone calls from the threatening ones to pass on to their son. So much for public information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz
    And if what he says about threats is true, then the parents are going to get phone calls from the threatening ones to pass on to their son. So much for public information.

    Joe

    What do you mean "if what he says is true" Are you calling him a liar? I think this may explain why Johnny was so quiet during Worlds. He had the back injury, but gave few if any interviews. Now that the news is out, I'm sure there will be investigations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmscfdcsu
    What do you mean "if what he says is true" Are you calling him a liar?
    You seem a bit overprotective of Johnny. Are you a relative?

    Quote Originally Posted by mmscfdcsu
    I think this may explain why Johnny was so quiet during Worlds. He had the back injury, but gave few if any interviews.
    He did do that photoshoot with Kathleen Bangs too, didn't he?

    Quote Originally Posted by mmscfdcsu
    Now that the news is out, I'm sure there will be investigations.
    Surely, the first step for Johnny would have been to report the threats to the police and not to a newspaper. Now all those people sending hate mail and calling his parents will know that they are having an effect.

    It does seem a bit strange that it is still going on though. The Olympics have been off the radar for months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alsace
    The fact that his parents' number is listed is public information. The article did not state that Johnny gave them this information.
    Huh????????????

    We all know now that his parents number is listed. He just said so..........he didn't have to.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman
    On the other hand if it is run-of-the-mill homophobia, why Johnny? Are there that many redneck good ol' boys who follow men's figure skating looking for someone to vent their spleen on?
    Responding to Math's comment.

    I don't wish Johnny any harm whatsoever but this is really kind of absurd.

    Dee

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