Puckett's fall from grace tough to reconcile

Jim Caple writes it's hard not to have conflicting emotions for Kirby Puckett after covering the former Twins great.

Originally Published: April 16, 2003
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

I covered Kirby Puckett and the Twins for many years, so when Sports Illustrated ran its cover story, "The Secret Life of Kirby Puckett,'' last month, my editors asked me to write my thoughts heading into his trial for sexual assault. I refrained. For one thing, I didn't think it appropriate to deliver my opinion before the jury did. Mostly though, even after the jury found him not guilty (which is not the same thing as being found innocent), I'm still trying to sort out my feelings about the ...

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