I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read this.  First of all, I want to say that due to extreme embarrassment and shame, I have not been truthful.  Earlier this week, I inadvertently posted a picture of my elbow on my Twitter account.  I had injured it while moving some lawn furniture and thought it might be sprained due to some swelling.  I took a picture of it with my cell phone and attempted to send it to a friend of mine who specializes in sports-related injuries.  But… and I am so sorry about this… I accidentally posted it on my public and not private Twitter account.  I panicked and took it down as soon as I realized my mistake, but the damage was done. A good number of people had already seen it.

At first, I denied I had posted the picture.  I told everyone - including my wife - that someone had hacked into my account.  I even named Big Al as the likely culprit.  Although I did say that I could not be sure with certitude that the elbow in the photo was not mine.   

But I am here to tell you now that it was my elbow and I’m the one who sent the picture.  

Why did I lie?  Frankly, I was embarrassed and ashamed.  I didn’t want people to think that I was too lazy to go to the doctor and have my elbow checked out… that I would just send a picture of it to my Doctor friend for his advice. 

But that was wrong.  Lying was wrong.  And I’m here to take full responsibility for my actions and to apologize to the people that mean the most to me… first and foremost my wife.  I love her elbows very much and she loves mine, and we’re not going to let this come between us.  

Will I resign from dickpurtan.com?  Absolutely not.  The elbow-incident was an accident and in no way affects my ability to comment on topical events.  Whether you continue to read this website is up to you, but I reiterate that I will not resign - but I am seeking professional treatment.    

And now I have to get back to work.  Thank you for your time, and again I apologize for my personal failing, and will work to make it up to those of you who I may have hurt.  

Thank you.