Johnny's aborted comeback becomes an issue because he was, not so very long ago, begging his fans to donate to his training fund. Getting envelope funding from the USFSA. Parading himself around as a lock for the Sochi team. Trash-talking the other American skaters by saying he would have easily podiumed at last Nationals and that the current crop of men is "weak".
Did he really expect that he could officially quit the comeback and NOT get some backlash from that stuff?
Evan's comeback may not be going so well, but at least he's not begging anyone for money or trash-talking the other US skaters. He seems smart enough to put up or shut up. (Unlike his coach.)
I must say that I completely agree with you on all points here. Except I need one explanation. What has Mr. Carroll said that you elude to here?