Editor's note: This article appeared in the Oct. 11 issue of ESPN The Magazine, only months after Mike Danton was arrested for his role in a plot to kill an acquaintance he feared could ruin his career.
The teenage girl with the purple ribbon in her hair was still waiting for the man with the gun to show. The plan was that they would rendezvous at the Denny's parking lot at 10 p.m. The man called her cell phone at 10:15 to say he was running late, he'd be there soon, and hung up. In fact, he still had to pick up the gun.