As many readers have noticed, during the last three weeks I have been very quiet publicly about the big news of Howard Lederer speaking out to the media. I knew that it would be happening, and when, and I listened along with everyone else when the Lederer Files were released by Pokernews.com, and then when there was a follow up interview with the TwoPlusTwo Pokercast.
I knew that my promised interview, the final follow up, would be different. I would not be asking the same questions, although some follow-ups had to be put on the record. There were, and still are, so many areas not even touched upon as well. Finally, there were many misrepresentations made, that I knew should be clarified for the record.
So yes, mine would be different.
My interview was promised even before the filming began for the Lederer Files. The timing was changed a few times and finally reconfirmed earlier this past week to happen this weekend, in fact, yesterday. I’ve spent many hours speaking to Howard these last weeks, and although he had some idea of my concern that the real story come out, he was never given any questions by me. I have little doubt, and he knows that I know, that he dodged plenty of bullets.
Yesterday morning, Howard let me know that our interview would not be happening after all. According to Howard, this whole interview process has been “much harder on [he] and his family than he expected”. He agreed that he was reneging on our agreement, but made his decision final.
To maintain a level of fairness, I never commented publicly regarding the forum posts, the tweets and all the blogs and commentary that followed his earlier interviews. I didn’t want to taint the minds of any readers or listeners of his video interviews or podcasts about the truthfulness, or lack thereof, of anything he may have said. That was the only reason I was quiet. I was not asked to be quiet, or required to do so as any prerequisite for our interview. It was entirely my decision, and I felt like it was the right one, at the time.
Now, I no longer shoulder that burden that I placed on myself.
During this next week, I will be publishing my own articles outlining my take on what was said and not said. Readers will see some of the questions that I would have asked, what I believe Howard would have answered (based on his already on the record answers) and what the truth really is.
If Howard Lederer thought those prior interview hours were too stressful and hard on his family, he was right to cancel ours. I have no doubt that “stressful” would have been considered a huge understatement in the end.
Readers can decide for themselves. The first installment in my series of articles should be published sometime on Monday.