Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Nancy Kerrigan's Tragedy

It's strange how things have played out for Nancy Kerrigan.

She may remember Februarys past with some fondness — she did win medals at the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics.

But January may be in for some unpleasant comments when she writes her memoirs. She is 40 now and she has been out of the spotlight for awhile, but in January 1994, she was hit in the knee in a plot to improve Tonya Harding's chances of winning the gold medal at the Winter Games. She recovered from her injury, but she didn't win the gold medal.

And now, her brother stands accused of assault and battery following an incident in which their 70–year–old father died.

I know it is tempting to swarm around Nancy Kerrigan and intrude on her grief, but I hope those in the media will be respectful at this time.

Dan Kerrigan will be laid to rest on Thursday. The Kerrigans have asked for privacy as they come to grips with the tragedy of losing a patriarch and the incarceration of a sibling.

Give her the space she needs at this difficult time.

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