Washington Post writer Eric Prisbell has been somewhat criticized for telling John Wall about the true nature of the elder Wall's prison sentences. Wall did not know his father had spent time in prison for second degree murder. It was Prisbell who told him.
The knowledge may have muddied up the illusion Wall had of his father since he died when the future #1 pick was 8 years old. But it is always better to know. The later the truth is delivered, the more painful it is to hear. People are not perfect. Forgiveness is a great quality to practice. But we cannot forgive if we know the truth. It is always better to know the truth.