Larry Brooks is right that the American public is affecting a Star Chamber mentality. It is also right that gamlbing is a victimless crime. One even wonders if the mafia hasn’t lobbied to keep in their rackets.
When you trade on a squeeeeeky clean image like Gretzky, you’re insulting everyone’s intelligence by acting like you can just “get away” with whatever you want. Now, I don’t know much about Janet Gretzky, but I find it hard to believe that she’s placing all of those bets just for herself. Another layer of deception.
This is the man who almost-singlehandedly advocated for the ballet-ification of ice hockey; the man whose number is officially retired by every NHL team. He is the pope of the new religion of hockey, the New Testament where the rough justice of the past is heresy. But he is a sinner. He is human. He is fallible. And the NHL in blind obedience to his religion has not grown, it has declined.
Whether or not he did anything to hurt anyone else, he is trading on a false image. Hopefully, the hockey world will wake up and see that their icon is less like a pope, and more like the wizard of oz.