Walter Payton's new biography, Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton, is generating a lot of buzz right now—and it's not necessarily for the right reasons. In the book, sportswriter Jeff Pearlman reveals that Payton suffered with an addiction to painkillers after his playing days, cheated on his wife, and contemplated suicide in his later years. So understandably, Payton's former coach Mike Ditka didn't have a lot of nice things to say about Pearlman's latest work when he was asked about it recently. And he said that he'd do something pretty crazy if he ever ran into the writer.
"I'd spit on him," he told NBC Chicago earlier this week. "I have no respect for him."
And, his thought on the actual book? "Pathetic," he said. "Despicable. It serves no purpose."
So, yeah, there ya go. Mr. Pearlman, you might wanna steer clear of the coach for, well, forever. Just a thought. [via Black Sports Online]