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#1 Posted on 17.4.04 0037.21
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Wow, I must have missed the memo that changed the NHL into the NBA. Hockey is the last sport where I ever would have expected something like this to happen.

I hope no one is secretly plotting to kill me; I don't have an extra 10 gr to spare right now.
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#2 Posted on 17.4.04 0103.37
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Tastless joke: I'm just surprised he wasn't trying to kill Evgeni Nabokov.

Seriously, this is just bizarre. It's like something out of a murder mystery called 'Death on Ice' or something.
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#3 Posted on 17.4.04 0106.38
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This is absolutely bizzare. Days ago, this guy was on the ice and trying to win the Stanley Cup...or at least that's what anyone would think.

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#4 Posted on 17.4.04 0809.20
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So, was the "aquaintance" a man or woman?

Either way, what a fucking bonehead move.
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#5 Posted on 17.4.04 1005.06
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A man. He was trying to have him killed to hide that he's gay, worried that it would cost him his career if everyone found out.

Oh boy is this thing ever gonna get a lot of national attention.
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#6 Posted on 17.4.04 1016.32
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    Originally posted by wmatistic
    A man. He was trying to have him killed to hide that he's gay, worried that it would cost him his career if everyone found out.


This is from the AP article on Netscape:

The complaint alleges that Danton actually was trying to kill a male acquaintance whom he had fought with Tuesday over Danton's ``promiscuity and use of alcohol.'' The complaint said Danton feared the acquaintance, who is not named, would talk to St. Louis Blues management and ruin Danton's career.

In a telephone call recorded by authorities, the acquaintance asked why Danton wanted to kill him. According to the complaint, Danton broke down and sobbed, and explained that he ordered the killing because he ``felt the acquaintance was going to leave him.''


I don't see the word "gay" in there, anywhere. Is that something that is being reported as FACT?

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#7 Posted on 17.4.04 1125.54
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The wording of the story is certainly unusual. I heard the NBC reporter who broke the story on a local sports station, which again they were using vague descriptions of what's going on.

When I heard the word "acquaintance" and it being male I thought business partner or something. The host asked the reporter of it was a business acquaintance or personal and the reporter said it was a personal acquaintance... I haven't read either anyone saying it's a homosexual relationship, but the wording and the hints are there (I think).

NHL players are usually good in keeping their noses clean but when something hits it's usually bizarre and over-the-top like Russian Mafia trying to get returns from Russian players or THIS... This sounds like a crazy Vince McMahon angle if he owns a professional sports team, would have used it in XFL season 2.
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#8 Posted on 17.4.04 1159.27
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    Originally posted by Net Hack Slasher
    The wording of the story is certainly unusual. I heard the NBC reporter who broke the story on a local sports station, which again they were using vague descriptions of what's going on.

    When I heard the word "acquaintance" and it being male I thought business partner or something. The host asked the reporter of it was a business acquaintance or personal and the reporter said it was a personal acquaintance... I haven't read either anyone saying it's a homosexual relationship, but the wording and the hints are there (I think).


365gay.com is already saying that the intended victim was indeed Danton's boyfriend.

http://www.365gay.com/ newscon04/04/041704nhlHit.htm
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#9 Posted on 17.4.04 1203.43
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If you want to read about dirty NHL Players, read Red Mafiya by Robert I Friedman. It tells of how the Russian Mob has infiltrated the NHL and how many Russian players are dirty and/or are being extorted by the Russians. It's a good read, and really changed my opinions of Eastern European NHL Players. Reading it made me realize that the NHL might be the dirtiest professional sports league in the United States.
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#10 Posted on 18.4.04 1721.55
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No one is willing around town is willing to say in print that he's officially gay. But this wasn't just a friend, it was a guy that lived with him.

And what straight guy breaks down crying over a male friend not wanting to be friend anymore?
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#11 Posted on 19.4.04 0901.31
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Okay, first off, I was only asking if it was a guy or girl because of the wording. Secondly, the entire thought that he would be ruined in the NHL if his "acquaintance" told the blues that he was a "promiscuous drunk" seemed a bit odd.

Gay or not, whatever the reason, trying to have somebody killed is just dumb.
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#12 Posted on 19.4.04 0908.21
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And now Danton's father is blaming his minor hockey coach for - I don't know what, exactly - brainwashing?

See the Toronto Star:

http://www.thestar.com/ NASApp/cs/ContentServer? pagename=thestar/Layout/ Article_Type1& c=Article&cid=1082328012940& call_pageid=968332188492& col=968793972154


It seems real clear that Danton is a screwed up guy, in general. Kind of sad that he has all these problems and the thing he is most desperately trying to hide is his (alleged) gayness.

EDIT: Better link.

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#13 Posted on 19.4.04 0949.58
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    Originally posted by wmatistic
    No one is willing around town is willing to say in print that he's officially gay. But this wasn't just a friend, it was a guy that lived with him.

    And what straight guy breaks down crying over a male friend not wanting to be friend anymore?


I'm not saying he isn't gay, but do you have any source to back that up, because here's what the latest AP article I could find says:

Though the affidavit is vague, the complaint states that Danton broke into tears when the male acquaintance confronted him about the alleged murder plot. It also states that Danton "felt the acquaintance was going to leave him."

That has raised questions about the character of Danton's relationship with the man, but sources with knowledge of the investigation who are close to Danton have told the Post-Dispatch the relationship was not intimate.

One source told the newspaper there is no indication the relationship had a "sexual element to it at all."


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#14 Posted on 19.4.04 1457.00
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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
      Originally posted by wmatistic
      No one is willing around town is willing to say in print that he's officially gay. But this wasn't just a friend, it was a guy that lived with him.

      And what straight guy breaks down crying over a male friend not wanting to be friend anymore?


    I'm not saying he isn't gay, but do you have any source to back that up, because here's what the latest AP article I could find says:

    Though the affidavit is vague, the complaint states that Danton broke into tears when the male acquaintance confronted him about the alleged murder plot. It also states that Danton "felt the acquaintance was going to leave him."

    That has raised questions about the character of Danton's relationship with the man, but sources with knowledge of the investigation who are close to Danton have told the Post-Dispatch the relationship was not intimate.

    One source told the newspaper there is no indication the relationship had a "sexual element to it at all."


    (edited by JayJayDean on 19.4.04 0750)


Yeah, that's from the local paper here. From what I understand they were told by a friend of Danton that he's not gay. Which, if he was so desperate to hide it, is not suprising. Plus the paper was worried about implying too much and getting sued, so they made sure to print that part. At least that's the word from a friend who works there.
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#15 Posted on 20.4.04 1956.39
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The latest...

Was Danton's agent target of murder plot? (sports.espn.go.com)

Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Report: Agent the apparent target

ESPN.com news services

Law enforcement sources have told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that sports agent Dave Frost was the target of an alleged murder-for-hire plot arranged by his client, Blues forward Mike Danton.

The identity of the target has been a mystery since charges were filed against Danton on Friday, a day after the San Jose Sharks beat the Blues 3-1 to eliminate St. Louis from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Danton remains jailed in California pending extradition to the St. Louis area.

Frost has denied that he was a target and refused to discuss specifics of the case in an interview with the Post-Dispatch on Monday.

"The lawyers are the ones who will have to comment about the specifics of that night," he told the newspaper.

However, according to the Post-Dispatch's law enforcement sources, the FBI found Frost at Danton's apartment in Brentwood, Mo., about midnight Thursday. Minutes later, the 19-year-old suburban St. Louis woman accused of helping to set up the hit arrived there with a man she believed to be a hired killer. That man had reported the alleged plot and was secretly working with the FBI.

Another law enforcement source not identified by the newspaper confirmed that the FBI brought Frost to the Brentwood police station to talk with him, Danton's accused accomplice, Katie Wolfmeyer, and the informer.

"Once the whole thing shakes down, everyone will understand exactly all of the circumstances of what happened," Frost told the Post-Dispatch. "When the smoke clears, everyone will know what Mike was thinking and what really happened."

On Monday, Frost told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that Danton is in dire need of psychological counseling.

"Mike is scared," Frost said. "He's still in a state where he doesn't actually understand what's happened. He's in desperate, desperate need of counseling, immediately. We're doing what we can to keep his mind-set as strong as we possibly can."

Wolfmeyer was released on $100,000 bond Monday, the Post-Dispatch reported. Danton and Wolfmeyer face federal charges of conspiring and using a telephone across state lines to set up a murder. According to the criminal complaint, Danton told Wolfmeyer that a hit man from Canada was coming to kill him and asked her if she knew someone who would kill the person for $10,000.

Robert Haar, Danton's St. Louis-based attorney, told the Post-Dispatch that the process of extraditing Danton from California could take "two to three weeks."

"I suspect [Danton will be moved] much quicker than that," Haar told the paper.

A possible motive for killing Frost remains unclear. The complaint alleges that Danton was trying to kill a male acquaintance whom he had fought with Tuesday over Danton's "promiscuity and use of alcohol." The complaint said Danton feared the acquaintance, who is not identified, would talk to Blues management and ruin Danton's career.

"There is a story behind the story which will be told eventually," Frost's lawyer, Michael Edelson, told the paper. "Other than that, I have no comment. We're not going to try this in the press."

According to the Post-Dispatch, Frost has been banned from two junior hockey leagues in Canada for "having a strong influence over a core of young players."

Danton's father, Stephen Jefferson, said Frost is a "monster" and blamed him for his poor relationship with his son. Frost told the Post-Dispatch that Jefferson was the controlling figure in Danton's life. The player has been estranged from his family for some time and changed his name from Jefferson to Danton in the summer of 2002.

St. Louis acquired Danton in June from the New Jersey Devils, where he had been twice suspended for disciplinary reasons. He sat out all of the 2001-02 season and played in just 17 games in 2002-03.

This season, Danton had seven goals, 12 points and 141 penalty minutes -- tied for most on the team.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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