Dany Heatley addressed the media in Canada today and basically said that he wants out of Ottawa because he isn’t the star. It’s easy to jump to conclusions and call Heatley another spoiled athlete who has lost touch with reality.
I’m not so sure that’s the case.
In 2003, Heatley was responsible for killing teammate Dan Snyder who was a passenger in his Ferrari which Heatley crashed in Atlanta. He avoided jail time. Who’s to say how any of us would have reacted to something as emotionally damaging as that? I can’t begin to imagine to personal demons I would have to wrestle with on a daily basis.
He has great natural ability and could be a tremendous player in this league. People say that he’s just a selfish and immature person…and maybe that’s true, but what caused it?
Scott Burnside of ESPN.com goes more in-depth: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=burnside_scott&id=4414646