In the world of fame, you will find loads of gossips regarding several topics. But, we bet you have never heard about something like this.
The realm of mutual hatred led to what became known as “The Whack Heard ‘Round the World”. No doubt, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan were the essences of the media storm in 1994. And, for one of the biggest affairs in sports history. Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan are the former U.S. Olympic challengers. Not to mention whose names are ever binding to the pages of sports history we are likely not to name, had started this scandal by January 6th,1994.
In fact, sports banned Tonya for her lifespan while Kerrigan struck her right knee. Later we learn how Jeff Gillooly was planning for the shaking attack. And his three friends also involved themselves in this plan.
The reason for the attack was to avert Nancy from taking part in the United States Figure Skating Championship and the upcoming Winter Olympics. However, gladly Nancy recovered from this ruthless encounter on time before Winter Olympics.
Who is Jeff Gillooly and Tonya Harding?
Now we know why we need to consider Gillooly. Who is this Jeff Gillooly? Before digging deeper into this matter, let us acknowledge this documented biopic of ‘I, Tonya’ because the biggest clue to this affair comes from this. Let me tell you my readers, that Gillooly has this intense interrelation to look for.
Now, if you have seen this 2017’s biographical sports mockumentary ‘I, Tonya’ directed by Craig Gillespie, you would already know who he is. But who is not relevant to this? Jeff Gillooly is Harding’s ex-husband and also the bankroller of this master plan. Besides, Tonya Harding became the first American woman to win a triple axel jump as a skater. However, there is also another familiarity as she has this passive involvement in the “The Whack Heard ‘Round the World” affair.
Tonya Harding and Jeff Gillooly began to date each other at the age of 15. Later they tied the knot at the age of 19 in the year 1990. Later they shared an abusive relationship, and Harding filed for separation against Jeff Gillooly. Though later, it came to know even after their official divorce, they continued casual encounters.
An eternal dilemma in Gillooly’s life
The rivalry started in November 1993 while Tonya was set to compete with Nancy at the Northwest Pacific Regional Championships in Portland with a sudden death threat. Now Jeff came forward in rescue. Jeff instructed his friend Shawn Eckardt to convey a death threat to Tonya’s opponent. Also to mention Nancy Kerrigan was competing against Tonya. During the investigation, Eckardt confessed and came across the name of Jeff. So they failed to carry out this affair without any hint.
Later Jeff was found guilty. Though for Nancy, it was luckily a less devastating injury, for Jeff Gillooly, it was far from found as the prime suspect. This affair, along with Jeff Gillooly, shattered like a fire led by several authorities. He not only caused Nancy a psychological ruin, but he was also responsible for Tonya’s damaged career.
Gillooly’s plea for a lighter sentence was discouraged by the judge. He was served a two-year sentence. So, where does his life lead now? In a perpetual regret. Isn’t it? Simmering his life with this regret, how this encounter attack on Nancy damaged Harding’s career.
The Shady Side of Jeff Gillooly
Not only is he the mastermind of this historical affair, but he also has this personal shady disguise that most people are not aware of. Do you know Jeff did not only just want to injure Nancy but had this stroke of crashing Nancy to death? Yes, you heard me right. Jeff Gillooly had planned this before Christmas. He arranged three hit men named Derrick Smith, Shane Stant, and Harding’s bodyguard, Shawn Eckardt.
He offered each of them around 6500 dollars to contrive this masterstroke. They planned to crush Nancy before the National championship but eventually, they ended up causing Nancy knee-whacking.
Never the least, Harding later alleged Jeff, along with two others, had raped her at gunpoint. The possibility of why she never spoke about it openly was perhaps because of her fear. The fear of Jeff hurting her more than he already did. However, the crime he committed was nothing less than a threat in general.
What happened to Jeff Gillooly?
After his release from prison, he found his existence nothing more than a joke but decided to live with this worth. Unfortunately, he found low happening life in Oregon, so he decided to move. He also changed his name from Jeff Gillooly to Jeff Stone after his release from prison in 1995. He also disguised himself with a new look by shaving his mustache. Later he remarried Nancy Sharkey and had two kids together.
Then divorced and remarried in the year 2012. So clearly, upon his release, Gillooly seemed to desire to leave his past behind. After all the traumatic experiences, Tonya has married again. However, now it is away from dangerous people. She leads a happy life with her partner, away from traumatic life events.
We get the importance of healthy involvement of competitors to get away with success in life. In fact, we are also aware of the 90’s scandal and how it doomed every life, starting from Jeff Gillooly to Nancy Kerrigan. Though it seems like the scandal between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, eventually, it carries off the lights with Jeff Gillooly. No doubt Jeff Gillooly was instrumental in its absoluteness from the very beginning.
If it is not, then what could be a superior instance of ruthless ambition and avidity? But aside from this course of violence and petty jealousy, who really won the basic support of humanity? Absolutely no one.
This scandal affected many lives and let the world down. Not only there is violence but also the involvement of psychopath who is probably not guilty of his actions.