It seems like Jesus Padilla keeps modifying his history. First he was born in Mexico, but raised almost entirely in the U.S., then he accepted that he was born in the U.S., but maintained that it was only for a little while, saying he was basically raised in Mexico. Now it's a combination. Try to keep track of it all.
Luis Arroyave talked to Jesus about his reaction to Luis Bueno and I revealing the truth (Arroyave doesn't specifically mention it, but it was us who broke that story) about Jesus' birthplace and American heritage.
I thought about this recently in the context of the Olympic games, given the controversy over the real ages of some of the Chinese gymnasts. Basically, I'm somewhat fascinated at how indignant people can be about the truth coming to light.
We worked on that story without ever having met Padilla - we were basically following a hunch and tracking down documentation. That's unusual for me, because almost everything I write is based on talking to the players involved. We tried more than once to set up an interview with Padilla, but Guadalajara put us off repeatedly.
Perhaps the acceptance of Padilla - acceptance Gerardo Mascerano didn't get in his time - signals a broader move on the part of Mexico and the fans of their national team as well. After all, they have a European coach now and more foreign-born players on the squad than before.