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I was watching an old video of Nancy Kerrigan.

Y'all remember her. Figure skater. The 1994 Olympics. Some goon broke her knee as she was leaving the practice rink in January of 1994.

Turned out it was a plot by her rival, Tonya Harding--or at least Harding's husband Jeff Gillooly--make that ex-husband. Tonya renounced any involvement with the plot and was allowed to retain her place on the Olympic team.

Nancy went on a Spartan regimen and recovered in time for the Olympics. She was cast as America's Sweetheart and favored to won the Gold Medal.

Then it was drama. Tonya burst into tears during her routine and begged for a do-over--her skate lace was loose. Oksana Baiul of the Ukraine took Gold. Nancy took Silver. Chen Lu took Bronze.

CBS didn't help matters. It alleged a bias on the part of the German judge based on sympathies for the Ukraine, a former member of the Soviet bloc. Then the Olympic officials delayed the medal ceremony for 20 minutes while they scrounged for a recording of the Ukrainian national anthem. Someone told Nancy the delay was because Oksana was putting her make-up back on. Nancy blurted out, "Oh, come on. So she's going to get out here and cry again. What's the difference?" CBS, to make up for the anti-Oksana bias, went the other way--they aired the remark.

It was monkey see, monkey do. Allegations came out that Nancy got multi-million dollar endorsements even before the Olympics, as opposed to Kristi Yamaguchi, because Kristi was ethnic Japanese. Nancy was pictured as a cold fish--a prima Dona.

Nancy skipped the closing Olympics ceremonies. Her agent claimed it was because security had advised her not to--they had been tipped off to death threats. Actually, she had a contractual obligation to one of those million dollar sponsors--a parade at Walt Disney World. Unfortunately, she made another stupid remark--this time about having to wear the medal during the parade. "This is dumb. I hate it. This is the most corniest…thing I have ever done." Guess what? They aired it.

She lost endorsements. But let me quote Wikipedia.

'Building on the negative publicity, news articles described Kerrigan as "grumpy" and "bitchy", as well as shy and uncomfortable with the attention that was focused on her as a result of the attack. Commenting on the media backlash, Mike Barnicle of The Boston Globe said "Now the thing is over so we've got to kill her. That's us [the media], not her." Whether as a result of the bad publicity or her own inclinations, some of Kerrigan's previously-announced endorsement and television deals were dropped following the Olympics.'

The news outed her again. She was having an affair with her manager, Jerry Solomon. He left his wife. He and Nancy married.

You may ask, why do I bring this up? Because bad luck hits the rich as well as the poor. Nancy's mother is legally blind. She had to watch the skating routines and medal ceremonies on a closed circuit monitor just inches from her face.

But, for some, as Shania Twain says, "That don't impress me much." As Mark Twain says, living well is the best revenge. Nancy and Jerry have three kids. She has been in numerous productions and has received numerous awards. Tonya Harding is in disgrace, her ex- in jail, it's all good--right?

No. It happened again. This January, 2010. Nancy's brother Mark has always resented his sister's success something awful. He's got a temper. His wife left him. Their father Daniel was one of those guys who always was helping people.  He worked three jobs to foot the bill for Nancy's skating career and drove the Zamboni at the local rink.  He was always bailing his son out of trouble. I say "was" because he died after a struggle with his son. That's one grandfather Nancy's kids will grow up without.

This is the fruit of envy and resentment. Here's my point. We all have feet of clay. Britney Spears. Tiger Woods. Me. You.  Our family and friends.  Even Mark Kerrigan.  If we're guilty in word, thought, or deed, let's own it. If the shoe fits, let's put them on the feet of clay and call it a day. Let's be merciful to each other.

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling."1 Peter 4:8-9

"Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load." Galatians 6:1-5

Peace out. Vaya con Dios to my brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ and the Family of Man.

"…Them's my views--amen, so be it." Robert Lewis Stevenson, Treasure Island.

"Here endeth the lesson." Sean Connery, The Untouchables.
I was saddened by the recent death of Daniel Kerrigan. And I was watching an old video of Nancy Kerrigan.

The Wikipedia article is here.
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Photo of Daniel Kerrigan's funeral from AP
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May we all grow in mercy and love.

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