The Traveling Con Man never announces his arrival, but you feel his impact immediately. He sweeps over everything, a totalizing and usurping force. Once he arrives in your hamlet, things are never the same. Lives are ruined, futures are compromised. And in the end, you never see him again.
Though his reputation is well known, no one seems to heed the call. His trail of ruin is long, yet he continues to accumulate victims. The Traveling Con Man tells a pretty tale, and carries himself with a soothing calm that befits his appearance. Short, and almost impish, he infiltrates conference rooms and practice floors, urging his new customers to listen to his advice, and play the right way. And for a time, they do. Things seem fantastic for all parties involved.
But the Traveling Con Man cannot stay in one place for too long, lest his pyramid scheme be discovered. So loudly, abruptly, he leaves. No one knows why, but he's gone almost overnight. His work is left uncompleted. His promises are left unfulfilled. And the conned begin to cry foul. They realize the scale of the damage done, and hurl vitriol at the Traveling Con Man. He promised us the world. He left us with nothing.
Yet, every con takes two, doesn't it? One has to be trusting enough to be conned. One has to be stupid enough to let a person have access to the very assets that define a business, or a reputation. And as these unfortunate victims clean up the mess that another made, they are forced to search their souls, and make safeguards to ensure that what just happened never happens again.
From 2009-2011, Larry Brown, the Traveling Con Man made a killing in Charlotte, North Carolina, while working with Michael Jordan. And the Charlotte Bobcats -- and perhaps the city of Charlotte -- would never be the same.