continued Almost two decades ago, Gillette preached in a local newspaper article that spiritual things took precedence over mammon. "The world teaches us that our self-worth is found in how much money we make, the cars we drive, and the job title on our business cards," Gillette said piously. "The real fact is that we all have tremendous worth already in God's eyes."
Yeah, but as he was fleecing athletes, Gillette was driving fancy cars and living with his family in a luxurious home. His upscale tastes were well known. Was he living a double life? "I wasn't living a double life," he says. He had compartmentalized facets of his life. "I made mistakes in judgment, and God was not the lord of my life in that area."
But, as was pointed out in his sentencing, his wrongdoing went way back. His lawyer admitted Gillette "did terrible things," and "had serious character flaws," including perpetual lying. The prosecutor pointed to fraudulent acts going back to when Gillette had been both a banker and a stockbroker. Gillette doesn't deny he had committed those acts.
"I made bad choices, to say the least," says Gillette. Prison helped. While he was there, "God began a process of transformation, changed me from the inside out."
Now he heads men's ministries at the church, helping other men deal with issues of "the pull of the world, materialism," he says. Like Minkow, he understands that pull.