Rafe Furst, an owner and director of Full Tilt, as alleged by the U.S. DOJ, released a statement today on his blog. Here is the entirety of Furst’s statement:
By now you’ve no doubt heard about the allegations against me in a Federal civil suit regarding Full Tilt Poker. Because of the seriousness of the allegations I’m not able to comment at all about the pending case, much as I would like to. From a moral, personal and interpersonal perspective I feel I’ve got nothing to hide. And since I trust in our system of justice and have the utmost respect for my legal counsel, I will refrain from talking about the case until it’s resolved.
What I would like to express here is concern for my family, friends, colleagues and supporters who believe in me and who feel my pain as if it were their own. It sucks to have to endure the character assassination and potshots being taken at me in the media and social networks without being able to defend myself. Privately though I have received incredible support from many of you, and I can’t tell you how much it means to me. May you never have to endure something like this, but if you do, I hope you have friends as good as mine.
To the skeptics, please consider that not everything you read is true, and our society is built on a presumption of innocence until proven otherwise. It’s difficult to take back hurtful things that you might later regret, when the damage has already been done.
To those of you who have asked what you can do to show your support, I am grateful for the offer. My only request at this time would be to not let the naysayers and haters be the only voices out there expressing their opinion of me. My twitter is @rafefurst, and I’d love to hear from you publicly.
With Respect and Love,
Rafe does make one fair point here: that he is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise. The American justice system is built on that dignity and it should be extended to all Full Tilt defendants until the government can prove their case against them.
However, it does seem at least a little ballsy of Furst to release a statement at this time which, more or less, is aimed at eliciting pity from the masses while offering none to those whose livelihoods have been affected by the poorly-ran company he profited wildly from. Maybe Furst really is totally blameless. But even if that is the case, he would have been wise to include some type of apology or sympathetic remarks to the collection of poker players who have more than $300 million inaccessible due to Full Tilt Poker’s practices.