Don’t call it a comeback … I’ve been here for years.
Like LL Cool J, the author of the above-mentioned line, the reports of the impending death of my career were, and are, inaccurate.
I was fired from the Telegram & Gazette 10 years ago because I plagiarized the most famous pro football writer on the planet: Peter King.
I know now the T&G did what it had to do. I didn’t agree with it then and I wished it could have worked out another way.
But it couldn’t and it didn’t.
Despite the setback [talk about an understatement] I never stopped writing. I was fired in February 2005. By May I was writing two stories a week for the Community Advocate in Westborough.
By September I was covering two or three high school sporting events a week for The Gardner News, the only daily publication that dared take a chance on me after my termination. In 2009 I hooked on with the now-defunct CentralMassNews, covering the town of Westborough for an online publication called TheDailyWestborough. That lasted a couple of years — me working for them, that is.
While freelancing at several of these places I was also working at Blackstone National Golf Club, in the pro shop. That job came to a screeching halt in 2010 when I was brought in, fired and accused of stealing $100,000. The matter wasn’t settled until 20 months later, in court, when a jury of six of my peers — or as I like to say “six people I don’t know and will never see again” — found me not guilty of the crime [I was officially charged with larceny of $250]. Had I been found guilty I could have been sentenced to up to 30 months in jail.
So, if you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to or thought, “whatever happened to … ” now you know.
I do have a confession, however, something I’ve never shared with anyone else.
It has been my goal, my dream, my mission, to somehow get back in the game — journalism, newspapers, sports — in Worcester.
Thanks to Worcester Sun, and Mark Henderson and Fred Hurlbrink Jr., I have that chance.
And it’s a second chance. And I’ll do my very best to not let down the people of Worcester and Central Massachusetts.
I did once and it hasn’t felt very good — for 10 years.
Now I have a chance to make it right, to prove that you were right to believe in me and that everybody makes mistakes. I plan on cherishing, seizing and making the most of that chance.
Look for reports and insight from Ken in our new, semi-regular The Score with Ken Powers column and regular profiles and reports from all corners of the city’s sporting landscape. Contact KP at firstname.lastname@example.org.