I still follow @Shoq

I have no intention of defending @Shoq's voicemail to his former girlfriend. It was full of vitriol in language and tone which is indefensible. I know because @Shoq acknowledges he was wrong in this post and this post.

This sordid tale has gotten ugly. The pound of flesh has been extracted, @Shoq's anonymity has been stripped and many have abandoned him. @Shoq has acknowledged his mistakes. He has apologized to the one person he is obliged to apologize to. If she chooses to not accept his apology, that is her right. If she chooses to continue heap scorn and derision on him online, that is her right. If others decide to stop following him on Twitter, that is their right. I will not be one of those people.

I've followed the Twitter feed of @Shoq and read his blog for quite awhile and will continue to do so. I believe he's a valuable member of the Progressive/Liberal community and will continue to be so. He introduced me to insightful and unique voices I would never have found without his introduction. Some of people will have decided to stop following @Shoq, but I hope they don't. I hope they consider what he's written in the past. I hope they consider the kind words of encouragement and the introducions he's made. Consider how many people on Twitter are read, RT'd and replied to as a direct result of @Shoq. How many blogs did he link to are now daily reading? Weigh the totality of the experience with him, he's earned it many times over.

We're Liberal, we're Progressives, we believe in 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th chances. I hope you give @Shoq the same. I expect no more for me and will give no less to others.