Grace Olson, Los Angeles
Kudos to Steve Rushin (Air and Space, Oct. 18) on his sensitive and well-done column on Manute Bol. Rushin not only describes with compassion Bol's recent misfortunes, he also brings light to the ongoing atrocities being perpetrated against non-Arab Africans in Bol's native Sudan. I have heard that when told that Bol once described killing a lion during a tribal ritual, Charles Barkley said, "Yes, he did it with one of his free throws." Rushin shows a truly humble, optimistic and good man who has the heart of a lion.
Andrew Gross, Haiku, Hawaii
Bol has spent his whole life, not to mention his whole life savings, trying to ease the suffering of people less fortunate than himself. The least the NBA and its players could do is repay the kindness.
Sherrill S. Craig, Raleigh
Standing in a lunch line next to Bol at an airport years ago, after getting over the fact that I only came up to his belt buckle--unusual for me, since I'm 6'4"--I was most struck by his remarkably accommodating behavior and contagious smile. As Rushin's article indicates, Bol's great gift is that he focuses on others, not himself. Would that more of us practiced that same lesson. Let's all hope he fully recovers and continues his wonderful life helping others.
Chuck Mitchell, Tallahassee, Fla.
As one of the lawyers who represented Teddy Forstmann in the action brought by the Connecticut state treasurer (Scorecard, Oct. 11), I write to correct your mischaracterization of the trial as an "investor fraud lawsuit." Before the case went to the jury, the judge dismissed every claim of fraud or deceit as baseless. The claims actually heard by the jury related to claims of breach of contract and duties under the contract.