Looks like Eric is officially back:
For Immediate Release
February 4, 2009
“AIR” CANADA FLIES AGAIN, CROOKSHANK REINSTATED
(Halifax, N.S.) After a lot of careful thought Rainmen Owner Andre Levingston reinstated star player and Power Forward Eric Crookshank to the team roster.
“I had to convince Eric to improve his attitude on the team. The only way to do that was to have him face serious punishment. He did everything we asked of him, and many things we didn’t. He suffered for his mistake, and I believe he has learned his lesson and is ready to take the team all the way to the championships,” said Levingston.
Thirty-year old, 6’8” Crookshank is thrilled to be back with his teammates who have all expressed their desire to have him back in the line-up where he belongs. “The support I have been given from my teammates, fans and friends has been overwhelming,” added Crookshank. “I want to thank everyone and give back by having a big game on Sunday. I’ve learned from my mistakes.”
The Rainmen meet Vermont on Sunday February 8th at 4pm at the Halifax Metro Centre. It’s HRM Kids Day and all fans 17-years old and under are admitted for only $5 when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at the Ticket Atlantic Halifax Metro Centre box office only.
This is great news for Eric personally, and even better news for the franchise. I personally think that there are a few factors that led to his return. First is that I think Andre really wanted to teach Crookshank a lesson and I think he really did see a change in his character. Andre cares a lot about character, and I think this is as much if not more about Eric learning a lesson as it is about money. Second, I think that there is a recognition that this team needs on court help. Third, I think that there is definitely a business side to this – Eric playing means good PR and good gate. Finally, I think there was a recognition of Lewis being part of the source of conflict and a new coach is a chance for a new begining. I’ve heard rumours about who the new coach is and it will likely be announced tomorrow. I am excited for the choice.