McMichael Not Happy About New Payton Book

(CBS) Add Steve ‘Mongo’ McMichael to the list of people who aren’t exactly thrilled with author Jeff Pearlman’s new book detailing the not-so-glamorous details of Walter Payton’s life.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, McMichael reffered to the work of Pearlman as “Sensational journalism…yellow journalism. Half-crocked stories. Sounds like the National Enquirer, doesn’t it?”

McMichael’s attack on Pearlman didn’t stop there.

“It’s like (pro) wrestling fans,” McMichael explained. “I made big money because they thought: ‘Is that real?’ No, the National Enquirer is not real and neither is this book. Whoever wrote this thing … and I don’t even know who this guy is. I’ve been around Walter his whole life. Never met this guy (Pearlman). So who is this guy? He interviewed 700 people? You know, interviewing Matt Suhey and Roland Harper- the guys who were closest to him (would have been better). What they had to say about what he did or what they saw … there’s the truth. Not a bunch of disgruntled employees or whoever he interviewed who wanted to throw some dirt on Walter…and the guy isn’t even alive to defend himself. Well, I can.”

McMichael To Visit White House

On Friday, McMichael is joining a group of his fellow Bears teammates from the 1985 Superbowl team to visit the White House in honor of the 25 year anniversary of their championship.

“Finally the little small town boy from Freer, Texas is going to get honored at the White House,” McMichael said. “You know, that’s eternal. That’s unbound, isn’t it? Since George Washington moved into that thing … and I am going to get to go there and be honored at the White House. That’s surreal to me.”

 The original trip in 1986 was canceled due to the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy.

  • Roberta Waker

    I agree with McMichael. Walter isn’t alive to defend himself and Pearlman obviously didn’t interview those close to Payton that really knew him. I am hoping NO ONE will buy this slanderous book; it will give the author a message to let Walter rest in peace as he should. We will always remember him as “sweetness” even though he may not have been perfect. But then, let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I’m sure Pearlman has a few skeletons in his closet too. Rest in Peace, Walter, we love you.

    • Denver Deadite

      Gee, thanks for your input once again, Broken Record.

  • Chris in Scottsdale

    Mongo doesn’t get it. Your audience didn’t boo you because you were a heel and they thought it was real. They booed you because you sucked in the ring, on the mic, and your wife was repulsive. Your wrestling audience in the late 90’s was far different than the one in the Freer, TX armory to watch Wahoo McDaniel and the Von Erichs circa 1982.

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