THE DON TOLLEFSON GOOOOOOOOOOD GUY PR APPARATUS HAS BEGUN CRAFTING A NARRATIVE AND AN EXPLANATION FOR THE ALLEGATIONS THAT HE STOLE BOATLOADS OF MONEY FROM UNSUSPECTING LOCAL FANS AND OTHERS. THANKS. APPRECIATE THAT!!!! IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!
But only it’s not for the children.
In an interview with Laurie Mason Schroeder of Calkins Media – for some strange reason published behind a paywall over Memorial Day Weekend – Tollefson recounted his struggles with addiction to alcohol and painkillers.
Sitting with his lawyer, Tollefson, who will be back in court this week for his preliminary hearing, cited his 2008 accident as the impetus for his addiction to painkillers. All totally believable. But it was completely expected that he would use his struggles with addiction to both justify his alleged misdeeds and soften the blow to his public persona. He refused to talk about the allegations against him and even checked with his lawyer before answering a question about what his time in prison was like (“Hey Tollie! Where are my Eagles tickets?”). He proceeded explained that he became a much more spiritual person and grew his relationship with his Christian God.
He also told Schroeder that he would like to speak to children about addiction:
He wants you to read this story and talk about him. Then, he says, he wants you to talk to your kids about addiction.
“We are in danger of losing a large part of our generation to drugs. It is happening in every American community. Young people are starting earlier and they’re using more serious drugs. The ones I met in rehab didn’t know where to turn. They wanted help, they needed help, but they didn’t know how to get help.”
This guy. It takes some MASSIVE balls to, after years of ripping people off in the name of THE CHILDREN, spin your struggles with addiction into a wag the dog event to distract people from the myriad accusations against you. And what may be worse is that the Doylestown Intelligencer gave him the platform to spew his deflecting propaganda.
Tollefson may want you to believe that he dug himself a hole with addiction and that’s what caused him to scam local sports fans and others, but something tells me that we’re soon going to learn that his alleged history of scamming goes much deeper than what we already know…