Of course there would be people out there making harsh comments, but to respond in such sentimental manner is not just childish, but totally unnecessary. In my opinion, that defensive comment on GM by grendel still comes off much better argued than what's posted on his website.
The way this "official" statement was written is just so embarrassing and highly unprofessional. His management could have just clarified more on his changing decisions in the past few weeks, explaining things in details from his part in objective manner and just end it like that. But this statement went on and on to excuse Marat, citing his greatness in the past, and, dear lord, his "cheerful smile" as a major contribution to the tennis world. It's one thing to defend him as a fan, but it's completely another to defend him as a professional. To counter-attack the writer of that article for having too much "hatred" is just an utterly immature argument. And in general this statement sounds way too much like a sensitive fan post than anything worthy of the word "official"..
you can't imagine how tempted I am to post this and a few other posts from this thread on OS
or at least to send them to the webby & co via the contact form...but then I'm afraid it will be useless indeed: a management team
(so there were supposedly more brains working on the statement and they still came up with that
) who posted that cheesy-dramatic OFFICIAL statement (and not only that) won't ever managed to change their attitude to a normal, professional one...actually that's not the first proof of their unprofessionalism: they post the news in all sorts of font sizes and coulours (that's probably the only place where you can read (official) news written in pink!), there are news about other people and other people's babies in there posted before latest news on Marat, it took them 100 years to post some official statement after the news was everywhere on the internet that Marat was in Nepal etc.
(there was actually a poor reasonable person on the OS forum who tried to make them see that posting official statements which talk about Marat's kindness and smile is a bit ridiculous, but I do not think she succeed in that...)
You know what this response reminded me of? Imagine if Roger's management team put the same tone of response on his website to Wilander's "no-balls" comments last year, accusing Wilander for having personal hatred for Roger and insists that Roger really indeed has balls because he has won 10 slams and a lot other achievements. Then you can get the picture of how ridiculous this whole thing sounds.