Dream died long ago for Danton's dad

STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:42 AM ET

David Frost knows all about being investigated.

He has been investigated by the Ontario Provincial Police for suspected child abuse involving Mike Danton's brother, Tom Jefferson.

He was investigated, but cleared, by the Peel Regional Fire Department in a suspected arson case involving his Brampton home.

He was investigated by the FBI for suspicion of obstruction of justice in the Mike Danton case.

His certification with the National Hockey League Players' Association is now under investigation.

In this bizarre and ongoing story of a fringe agent and an unexplainable cult-like attraction, the victims can't seem to prevent themselves from being arrested.

Mike Danton tried to have Frost, his agent and mentor, killed and he remains in a federal penitentiary because he had no choice but to plead guilty for his part in attempting to set up a paid murder.

Yesterday, Danton's estranged father, Steve Jefferson, was taken into custody by OPP officers outside of his catering truck at Dixie and Bovaird and charged with criminal harassment. He was processed at the Madoc OPP office, released and home in Brampton by early evening last night.

Clearly, the estranged father couldn't take it anymore.

Not after seeing what he saw on the fifth estate on Wednesday night. Not after being reminded of the part he played in losing his son, and watching the details before his very eyes.

It is one thing to think you know what's going on. It's another to watch it, vividly, for the first time. It's one thing to believe your son is being controlled, another to hear it in chilling telephone recordings from prison.

The buildup was too much for Steve Jefferson to take, the same Steve Jefferson who told me in an 1999 interview that "Dave Frost was the best thing that ever happened to my kid."

The dream died long ago. Six years later, with the NHL but a memory, his family in tatters, and a country talking about his son and his son's mentor, Jefferson apparently acted out.

What is a father supposed to do?

He called Frost. Not once. Not twice. But several times. He allegedly made threats. He was warned by the OPP to stop, but he couldn't or wouldn't. After the fifth estate aired on Wednesday, he just kept at it. More calls. More words.

"He wasn't threatening him physically or anything," said Tom Jefferson, Danton's younger brother, in conversation with The Hockey News. "Just leaving random messages saying things like: 'You know, his time is going to come and he should be ashamed of himself for what he has done.' That kind of thing."

And you wonder, as a father, as a parent, why he or someone else didn't snap -- or lash out -- long ago?

This isn't anything new for the Jeffersons. It just happens to be in the news again. It has been their life for more than half a decade. Only now, it is loud and apparent. Only now, everyone else knows their business.

Mike Danton obviously determined, if only momentarily, that he needed to have Frost removed from his life. The only way he thought he could do that was to have him killed.

The strongest decision Danton ever made in his young life cost him 7 1/2 years of freedom.

Now it is his estranged father who must face the justice system and -- no matter what is determined -- there can be no justice for Steve Jefferson.

There can be only regret.

The man he called "the best thing to ever happen" is destroying his family's life.


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