From: Subject: Date: April 21, 2005 3:53:51 PM CDT Hankblog

Friday, May 07, 2004

Hockey drama enters the twilight zone

The Mike Danton saga gets weirder and weirder. Part one of this saga here. Part 2 here.

So now Danton's agent Mike Frost is claiming that Danton is a pill popper who's not in his right mind.

The agent for Mike Danton claims the Blues forward exhibited "delusional" behavior prior to allegedly organizing a murder-for-hire plot, USA Today reported Thursday.


According to the report, Frost said that Danton had been struggling with a shoulder injury since February and was "eating pills" [taking large quantities] to overcome the pain.

Here's the problem I have with this. Everything he says in this report makes sense in the context of Danton's actions. He definitely appears to be exhibiting signs of paranoid delusions (witness the story he fed Wolfmeyer about someone planning to kill him over debts). And that would be consistent with someone who suffers from a serious drug problem.

The question this raises for me though is that Frost seems to be bending over backward to do everything he can to paint Danton in a negative light. I mean for even minor players who don't have name recognition value, when they do something wrong or get busted for anything, there's a concerted effort by the agent to deflect the accusations. It's always a not so subtle deny everything tack, with a conciliatory "We're sorry if my client did anything out of line." underlining so that when the agent finally stops tap dancing, he or she can say "We apologized, doesn't that count for something?"

Frost seems to be going full tilt boogie towards either getting Danton in position for a diminished capacity plea, or towards getting Danton the maximum sentence possible. If Frost is not acting as Danton's counsel on the criminal charges, I'd have to think that as his defense attorney, I want a gag order on Frost ASAP. So what the hell is really going on here?

Just don't make no sense.