Saturday, September 22, 2007

Grist from the rumor mill

Coverage of The Knoxville News-Sentinel v. The Knox County Commission will resume on Monday.

Meanwhile, here is some grist to chew on from the Nashville rumor mill. Last week, an anonymous commenter on my posts on the Rob Briley and Mary Littleton situation wrote this:

Here is an insider scoop on Mary Littleton - she has been known to have had a few flings with Bruce Pearl in the past year. Mary seems to go for the married powerful types. Wonder if she will be Bruce's attorney as well?

Now Coach Pearl is not a political figure, and this weblog is not the National Enquirer. I have little interest in Coach Pearl's personal affairs, and as a basketball coach, there are few better in the land...but this is a very interesting rumor considering Ms. Littleton's history. I had dismissed it at very made-up gossip-but then yesterday I got a call from someone privy to the daily rumor mill up on the Hill in Nashville, and that person heard the same story from someone with influence at the Capitol-the call was to bring it to my attention.

If Ms. Littleton was (or is) carrying on an affair with Bruce Pearl, a man who has become a public figure in Tennessee by virtue of his success on the basketball court, then there is some proof that Ms. Littleton targets the high and the mighty for her own personal glory. She was seeing the Chairman of the Tennessee House Judiciary Committee, a man of tremendous power until his abrupt fall. When he begins his downward spiral, she then goes after a nationally renowned basketball coach with a current level of popularity in this State not far removed from the Trinity.

There are good reasons Coach Pearl is so popular-as far as programs go, his is play-by-the-rules squeaky clean, and he still manages to win. He has a lot going for him, and it is for that reason that if there is any truth to any of this, I'd watch where I tread were I Coach Pearl. It seems the men in Ms. Littleton's life don't all turn out very well.

Labels: , ,


At Saturday, September 22, 2007 10:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So an anonymous comment on your blog gets verified by someone who heard the same story from someone else, and you turn it into a little post of its own? With a disclaimer that you're not the National Enquirer?
I should say not. The Enquirer does a way better job of verification than that, and given your antipathy toward this woman you've never met, I'd say the only thing saving you from a libel suit is the fact that your blog doesn't have much of a readership.
Just sleazy.
You have a helluva nerve critiquing anybody else's ethical standards.

At Saturday, September 22, 2007 10:42:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Well, it could be said that you've got a Hell of a nerve posting anonymously, but you should feel fortunate-I allow them because of my good graces.

There are reasons some stories are posted on Saturday...I never said it was true, just that "I heard this."

At Saturday, September 22, 2007 10:47:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Oh, and be aware that I suspect that I know who you are.


Post a Comment

<< Home

Locations of visitors to this page
Profile Visitor Map - Click to view visits
Create your own visitor map