In what is only surprising to us because she finally admitted it, former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding admitted to knowing “something was up” in the months before the attack on her teammate and rival Nancy Kerrigan.
Also not surprising about the admission is the fact that she made it during an interview with ABC news just one week before her biopic “Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story” is set to air on—wait let me check this.
Oh yeah, ABC.
Anyway, while Harding has long maintained she neither knew about nor agreed to ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and friend Shawn Eckardt’s plan to bash Kerrigan’s knee, she made this admission to ABC on Tuesday.
“I did, however, overhear them talking about stuff, where, ‘Well maybe we should take somebody out so we can make sure she gets on the team.’ And I remember telling them, I go, ‘What the hell are you talking about? I can skate,’” Harding told ABC.
“This was, like, a month or two months before (the attack). But they were talking about skating and saying, ‘Well, maybe somebody should be taken out so then, you know, she can make it.’”
The assailant was found to have been hired by Gillooly and Eckardt.
Gillooly and Eckardt both pleaded guilty to racketeering and were sentenced to prison while Harding—who denied being involved in the attack—was fined $160,000, sentenced to three years probation and 500 hours of community service, as well as banned from the U.S. Figure Skating Association for life.
But hey, we got a great ESPN 30 for 30 out of it.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette