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Mike Ike #13073866 02/25/19 03:23 AM
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Public apology Mike Iconelli:

I wanted to take a minute to apologize to all my fans, friends, and sponsors for my behavior the last few weeks on the MLF Bass Pro tour. I acted unprofessionally and I regret it. Iím extremely blessed and lucky to be able to make a living doing something I enjoy and I, by no means, take it for granted.

Iím so sorry for any heartache or hard feelings this has caused. Iím not making any excuses for the way I behaved. Iím taking responsibility for my actions and words.

As you probably know, I have a big personality and am a passionate person, which is great when Iím in a good place. But that works against me when Iím not. Believe it or not, my actions were not about missing the cut twice in a row. Itís bigger than that.

Unfortunately, Iíve had some negative things pop up in my personal life recently, and I brought that with me out on the tournament trail. Instead of just facing these realities, I kind of bottled them up and didnít really talk to anyone about them.

Iím a child of the 70s and Iím a guy, and so Iíve always felt embarrassed to talk about it. But truthfully, Iíve dealt with a bit of depression on and off my entire life. Itís very crippling.

The reality is, I spent over 200 days away from home and my family last year, and for most of my career before that, and have missed a lot of very important milestones. When the season started, I was really struggling with the idea of being on the road again, and it felt almost unbearable to me. While I knew I wasnít myself, I didnít know how to fix the problem.

As you may have witnessed, these feelings caught up with me, and the result was me lashing out.

Iím getting some much-needed time at home this week with the family, and Iím also getting some professional help. This has helped me refocus and wake up from my funk.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this and I look forward to the remainder of the 2019 season. Iím going to try to stay positive and have fun under every circumstance!

I hope you can understand where I was, and again I want to say Iím sorry. Thank you to all my fans, sponsors and my family for understanding, and thank you all for the amazing support! #nevergiveup

Moritz Chevrolet - 9101 Camp Bowie W Blvd, Fort Worth, TX - Monte Coon (817) 696-2003
Re: Mike Ike [Re: Tubby] #13073919 02/25/19 04:36 AM
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Mike, confessions are good for the mind and the soul. I hope it helps you get back on track.
Good luck in the future my friend.


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Re: Mike Ike [Re: Tubby] #13073979 02/25/19 11:58 AM
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We all make mistakes. The majority of us are not on national TV when we do. Personally, I like to watch Ike. He does add drama to the sport of fishing but some of the guys out there are about as much fun to watch as watching paint dry. If you read his book and know his background it is much easier to give him grace.



Re: Mike Ike [Re: Tubby] #13074065 02/25/19 02:00 PM
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Begins with "I'm not making excuses for my behavior" then makes excuses.. laugh

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Re: Mike Ike [Re: TallBaldCypress] #13074070 02/25/19 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by B. Dill
Begins with "I'm not making excuses for my behavior" then makes excuses.. laugh


Begins with "I'm not making excuses" then explains his situation.

Re: Mike Ike [Re: Tubby] #13074071 02/25/19 02:07 PM
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Common since and good judgement goes a long way!

Re: Mike Ike [Re: Tubby] #13074092 02/25/19 02:21 PM
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All this sensitivity, easily offended grown men and feelings flying around is just creepy

Re: Mike Ike [Re: Tubby] #13074094 02/25/19 02:22 PM
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I just DVR MLF so I can fast forward through Ike coverage. Saturday my 5 year old and i were watching a replay of the Maine tourney and Ike started screaming about a 2-5 GIANT and he leaned over and said "Dad, can you fast forward passed that guy?" Smart kid.

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Boys, boys.

Let's all have a forgiving spirit. Time will tell the true measure of this man.

Re: Mike Ike [Re: Tubby] #13074117 02/25/19 02:43 PM
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I do the same thing or I at least hit the mute button. When police arrest a criminal they look at his priors, well look at the priors on this guy. Then he pulls this depression thing out of his arse just to save his MLF career. He's an arrogant, short tempered, foul mouth jerk and I can only think that the people on here that defend this guy are pretty much, well you guy's know the rest.

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Time has already told me all I need to know about this man.

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He demonstrates several classic signs of depression, I'm not surprised by this statement. Hope he is able to stabilize his personal life.


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Do we really need another Iaconelli thread?!


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Re: Mike Ike [Re: Tubby] #13074258 02/25/19 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Tubby
Public apology Mike Iconelli:

I wanted to take a minute to apologize to all my fans, friends, and sponsors for my behavior the last few weeks on the MLF Bass Pro tour. I acted unprofessionally and I regret it. I'm extremely blessed and lucky to be able to make a living doing something I enjoy and I, by no means, take it for granted.

I'm so sorry for any heartache or hard feelings this has caused. I'm not making any excuses for the way I behaved. I'm taking responsibility for my actions and words.

As you probably know, I have a big personality and am a passionate person, which is great when I'm in a good place. But that works against me when I’m not. Believe it or not, my actions were not about missing the cut twice in a row. It's bigger than that.

Unfortunately, I've had some negative things pop up in my personal life recently, and I brought that with me out on the tournament trail. Instead of just facing these realities, I kind of bottled them up and didn't really talk to anyone about them.

I'm a child of the 70s and I'm a guy, and so I've always felt embarrassed to talk about it. But truthfully, I've dealt with a bit of depression on and off my entire life. It's very crippling.

The reality is, I spent over 200 days away from home and my family last year, and for most of my career before that, and have missed a lot of very important milestones. When the season started, I was really struggling with the idea of being on the road again, and it felt almost unbearable to me. While I knew I wasn't myself, I didn't know how to fix the problem.

As you may have witnessed, these feelings caught up with me, and the result was me lashing out.

I'm getting some much-needed time at home this week with the family, and I'm also getting some professional help. This has helped me refocus and wake up from my funk.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this and I look forward to the remainder of the 2019 season. I'm going to try to stay positive and have fun under every circumstance!



I hope you can understand where I was, and again I want to say I'm sorry. Thank you to all my fans, sponsors and my family for understanding, and thank you all for the amazing support! #nevergiveup


Originally Posted by 1bassdaddy
Time has already told me all I need to know about this man.

This ^^^^

Just another CYA post to try and hold on to sponsorship/fan support. Much like the half-a**ed "apology" he offered up after his flag incident blow-up at the 2006 Classic. And how many more have there been, that did not get as much publicity because they didn't happen on national TV?



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Re: Mike Ike [Re: Tubby] #13074332 02/25/19 05:59 PM
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He definitely seems bipolar to me

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