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from Dave Cunning at The Score,

In our interview, Mike talked very candidly and at length about everything from hockey, his time in jail, how he’s turned his life around for the better, his thoughts on other ex-con pro athletes, his feelings on being denied entry to the UK to play, his family, and what the future holds for him. Without a doubt, the responses that he gives will at least make you reconsider the opinion you’ve come to form about him. Enjoy....

When you look at Mike Tyson – who went to jail before you did, and resumed his career after being released – and you think about your perception of him at that point in time not having gone to jail yet yourself; and then you look at Michael Vick – who went to jail and was released right around the same time you also did and were – what is your perception of those guys as they resumed their athletic careers, has it changed since going through the same experience they did yourself, and do you have a level of empathy for them?

...What I say is, where’s my break? Vick, Tyson, and Heatley all got breaks, where’s my break? Is it that I’m still allowed to play hockey in Sweden’s third league or an elite league in Austria? It’s not in the AHL, or the NHL. I’m going to have to make a decision in a couple of years as to whether I want my son growing up in Europe following me around from country to country, and if I don’t want that, I’m going to have to quit hockey, and do something else. I don’t want to quit hockey. I’ve got lots of playing time left.

I’ve got a lot of respect for those guys that have made mistakes in their life and have come back to their sport, like Vick. I’m not so respectful of Tyson because of the way he handled himself. But if people can look past Mike Tyson and his issues, how can they not look past mine? Legitimately, I didn’t kill anybody. If that had been carried out, yes, I understand the ramifications; however, that’s a hypothetical situation. You can’t imprison or punish somebody for situations that didn’t happen. Vick did what he did, Tyson did what he did, Heatley did what he did, I did what I did. I didn’t kill anybody, and I didn’t rape anybody. I’m sure you can catch my point.”

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awould's avatar

Is Danton really comparing his situation to Heatley?  Poor guy, not getting allowed to play professional sports all because he tried to have his agent killed. You think that anyone involved in the NHL wants this guy near them?

Heatley drove a powerful car recklessly and it was essentially a tragic accident. Avoidable, yes, but still an accident. Danton actively plotted to have someone murdered. What a schmo.

Posted by awould on 10/04/12 at 01:40 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

What I say is, where’s my break? Vick, Tyson, and Heatley all got breaks, where’s my break?

Where’s YOUR break Mike??? How about the break you’ve never given to your family? Especially your younger brother who did absolutely nothing to you!
I love how you never tell the story about how you bumped into him at an arena following your release from prison and all he wanted to do was get a hug from his big brother and you responded by telling him to leave you alone as you walked out of his life for good!

You’re constantly begging for forgiveness and a 2nd chance and yet you’ve never given your family the same respect!

You still keep in touch with that psychopath David Frost, who’s clearly been brainwashing you for years, but you won’t even talk with your mother?!?!

You’re a POS Jefferson! How dare you ask for 2nd chances when you’ve never given out any yourself!

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/04/12 at 03:49 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

It wasn’t a flash of rage that made you lose your mind.. it was cold, calculated evil, planning and scheming to end someone’s existence.  Narcissistic sociopath.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 10/04/12 at 04:31 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

It wasn’t a flash of rage that made you lose your mind.. it was cold, calculated evil, planning and scheming to end someone’s existence.  Narcissistic sociopath.

Good point. That must have been one long, drawn-out flash of rage, because he had been planning this murder for weeks.

I love how Mike’s memory is very selective when it comes to cutting HIM a break.
All others can get bent as far as he’s concerned.

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/04/12 at 04:33 PM ET

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Posted by Hank1974 on 10/04/12 at 03:49 PM ET

Exactly the point!!!

Posted by timbits on 10/04/12 at 09:48 PM ET

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There’s a lot more to this interview than this excerpt. As the author if it, I invite you to read the full written version in its entirety here: http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2012/10/04/interview-with-mike-danton-vick-tyson-and-heatley-all-got-breaks-where’s-my-break/

Or listen to my video blog of the audio version here: http://davecunning.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/serenity-now-the-sdc-blogs-podcast-special-guest-mike-danton/

And follow me on Twitter: @davecunning

Posted by davecunning on 10/06/12 at 09:43 PM ET

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