I ran across this article at another site I visit. Former NHL player Patrick O’Sullivan writes in The Player’s Tribune about the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father as a junior hockey player.
What I found more interesting in the comments downthread, was a reference to a different article at ESPN detailing the final confrontation between O’Sullivan and his father. The money quote was this:
“He had gone his whole life looking for fights, whether he was sober in the ring or drunk in the street. He had been in hundreds of fights, never backed down. He was tough that way but weak in so many others. I was old enough now to see just how pathetic he was. Had failed at everything he ever tried. Couldn’t hold down a job, but it was always someone else’s fault. Feared by everyone, respected by no one. In control of nothing in his life, nothing except me.”
Doesn’t that have a familiar ring to it?