I feel like mark laz is an opportunist who will change his stance according to what will get him the most attention. Seeing as he built his career on jonny and kaners backs and then did a complete turn on kaner(because it benefited him) pt.1
as if he was guilty from the start when he was totally up kaners ass before(because it benefited him) and then pt.2
he had the audacity to try and buddy back up without so much as an apology(at least not publicly, which I suppose he doesn’t have too,but after very publicly bashing kaner he should). I don’t trust laz anymore and I won’t forgive him. Pt.3
I’ll admit right off the bat that I don’t hate the dude. I mean, I don’t particularly LIKE him either–he annoys me often, and there’s a lot of stuff that he says or has said that has annoyed me, or that I disagreed with, or that even angered me–but I’ve liked (and still do) some of his stuff as well. I’ve appreciated some of the things he’s said in the past (yes, even about Kaner and the case). I mostly follow him for the quotes and such, and I’ve muted him in the past when he was getting to be too much. So yeah, not my fave person, but I don’t hate the guy either.
I disagree that he’s built his career on Jonny and Kaner’s backs. He’s a journalist who was assigned to cover a team as a beat writer. He’s covered the team and its players, two of which happened to be big stars, and a team that happened to win cups, all of which brought more fans and therefore more followers and readers for him. But he’d still probably had the job if the team sucked or if Jonny and Kaner weren’t on it. Even shit teams have beat writers, and neither Kaner nor Jonny got him the job in the first place. (I mean, maybe his newspaper wouldn’t employ a beat writer if the team was at the bottom of the league so yeah, maybe he got the job because the team got big, but I find it a stretch to say it’s on Jonny’s and Kaner’s backs)
I also think he’s not required to be Kaner’s friend, or whatever, so I don’t see what he did as doing a complete turn on him (even though I did disagree with a lot of stuff he’s said and done last summer/fall). I don’t think it was being up his ass before to like the guy and be friendly, and I don’t think it’s hypocritical of him to then be completely off him when something as shocking as a rape accusation happened–that’s a deal breaker for a lot of people. I think he reacted a lot to that in anger and disgust, etc. and not in as an objective way as he seemed to think he did. A lot of people did. *I* did. But yeah, I’m also not a journalist. So there’s definitely stuff there that’s frustrating and that I disagreed with.
But I also don’t see him as having the audacity to buddy back up with Kaner after. He’s got a job to do, he has to be at least polite to the guy, regardless of what he said, or how he feels. And I don’t know if he apologized to him or not, but I don’t think he’s required to do it publicly. Hell, he might think he’s got nothing to apologize for, and there are people who are going to agree with that and others who won’t. Moving on from the case now that it’s closed isn’t being hypocritical either, imo, it’s moving on from it (just like a lot of us did)–there’s not a lot to add and there’s a job to do. I don’t think he owes Kaner anything, just like Kaner doesn’t owe him anything either. They don’t need to like each other.
I don’t think you or anyone are required to like Laz or even forgive him. Like I said, I’m not his biggest fan, and I certainly don’t believe his “sources” (actually the whole thing put me off “sources”). I think he’s often an obnoxious, smug asshole, but he’s not, you know, satan. I just ignore him for the most part and take what I want from him which is cute quotes from my fave players and team.