It is tough to be the parent of someone who is an adult in the eyes of the legal system and a child in seemingly every other sense.
Please keep that in mind when you read about Quebec hockey legend Guy Lafleur being convicted of giving contradictory evidence during his troubled son's bail hearing. It's the difference between showing sympathy and showing compassion. It is the easy way out for anyone who's in the media (which is all of us) to just to do a drive-by on him. It is a valid news story, but there are lines that should not be crossed and frankly, this is one of them.
It's acceptable that it's real journalistic dynamite whenever a big sports star is found to have feet of clay. Guy Lafleur was the last transcendent Montreal Canadiens goal scorer who radiated that Gallic élan, and he certainly has lived his life in the public spotlight. Despite all that, a gut feeling is that regaling oneself over this crosses the line. Having a troubled adult son to deal with is the ultimate Catch-22; do you try to rescue her or him, do you show tough love, do you cut 'em loose?
One can only assume what has gone through Guy Lafleur's mind during this ordeal. He isn't the first big sports star whose progeny had trouble sticking to the straight and narrow, or secreting their own identity. Mark Lafleur isn't the first person to have trouble after being given everything by his parents, especially since he has Tourette's Syndrome.
Honestly, though, this is for them to sort out, not for some cheap yucks. Hey, you know the saying: As long as they spell your name right.
Guy Lefleur's Idiot Son Gets His Old Man In Trouble With The Law (Dashiell Bennett, Deadspin)
Guy-lty (Four Habs Fans)