For the record: we can now "believe everything" we read.
Casey Stoner earned a well-deserved reputation for being one of the straight shooters in the MotoGP paddock during his seven-year career in the premier class, almost always saying what was on his mind without a filter.
But recent statements bring into question Stoner's statements regarding his two latest career decisions.
Two-time MotoGP World Champion Stoner confirmed Monday he will switch to auto racing this year by competing in the Dunlop Series, a feeder series for the V8 Supercars Australia touring car championship. That announcement comes about a week after Stoner used Twitter to deny reports he was switching to touring cars.
Stoner's quick switch from denial to confirmation had the same hollow ring as another major recent career move.
Spanish media reported early last May during the Portuguese Grand Prix that Stoner would retire from MotoGP at the end of the 2012 season, a shock considering he was only 26 years old and the reigning World Champion at the time. Stoner flatly denied the bombshell that weekend, and admonished a Spanish press interest for publishing a story suggesting he would retire.
Stoner then used the Thursday press conference at the next race, two weeks later at Le Mans, to announce his retirement from motorcycle racing at the end of the season.
Stoner was quoted last weekend in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper in Australia, in an interview with more than one bizarre statement by the former champion, "Unfortunately they didn't like my honesty in the paddock."
The same could be said about fan and media reaction to Stoner's about faces regarding his career moves.