Quoting Dave Lang on Facebook:
I’m clearing up this Montre thing once and for all. I’m starting to feel sick over all of the hate being projected onto someone that I truly have respect for, Brian Shima.
After Blading Cup, Montre decided to change his flight back to North Carolina and spend some time out at Woodward with me. Funny enough, we ended up doing this twice and turned into one of the best times I’ve had in a while. During his stay here, I first heard of this whole rumor that Montre was switching companies. I don’t find my two cents on the Internet because quite frankly, nothing stated on any forum or message board is true. Especially when someone hides behind an alias and, (the ever so popular, “Anonymous”.
I’m stating this outright, I heard the entire conversation that Montre had with Shima. Yes, they spoke on the phone, nothing was taken care of through a text message .
Do you really think in all of the years Brian has been skating, that he would handle this situation in such an unprofessional matter?
Shima has infinite respect for everyone on his team.
Brian checks in with me regularly just to see how everything is going. He asked the same when he called me that day. I threw the phone on speaker and Montre and I passed the phone between us. At one point Brian asked me to give the phone to Montre, unannounced to Brian that he was on speakerphone. It was at this point that Shima and Montre began to talk.
Shima said “…You know, I’ve thought long and hard about this, for weeks now… Really REALLY thought about it… And I think that you deserve something better than what the company is able to offer you right now… And I’m reluctant saying it, you know… But I had to think back to myself and my situation when I was on USD… I left USD when it was the at it’s peak because I knew I could do better for myself… I wanted to skate for you USD, but at the same time I had to do what was best for me… And you should too Tre, you have your son and you need to be taken care of for what you do… You’re the most marketable blader out there right now and you’re killing it. And it’s going to hurt us letting you go, but I’m ready to drop Andy (Razors) an email and let some other people know that you’re a free agent if you want…”
I was kind of shocked at what Brian had just said. Montre sat there for a second and thought. He responded saying “Yeah, I mean, you know I’ve talked to USD and all that. You know my heart is in SSM, but I hear what you’re saying… And it’s a tough choice to make…but I guess I’m going to call up Demetrious (USD)…”
At this point that there was a lot of silence between statements. Montre and Brian continued to go back and forth, but nothing ever escalated into any sort of disagreement. The tone in their voices were never argumentative, in fact the whole conversation was calm the whole way throughout. I grabbed Haitian magazine and did my best to tune out what was happening on the couch across from me. As you can imagine, it’s a bit awkward it is sitting there and hearing something I shouldn’t even be tuned in on.
Montre and Shima went back and forth a bit more and hung up on what sounded like a good note. I looked up from the magazine, and Montre handed my phone back to me. We talked for a bit and he seemed uncertain as to what he was going to do. He said at one point ” SSM is my team. I helped put that team together. I’ve been there since NIMH… I’ll miss hanging out with all the dudes and traveling with John. I love those dudes. I don’t know we’ll see what happens…”
Throughout that week, we would talk every so often about it. Montre had expressed thoughts about riding the rest of the year out and honestly, I was really happy hearing that. But it was the last we had spoken before I’d dropped him off at the airport the following Monday.
I don’t know if Brian and Montre’s discussion went on any further than that.
Montre has become a very close friend of mine and I knew that whatever decision he made would be the right one for himself. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason and knew that Montre would be well off no matter what. I mean after all, he’s Montre; plain and simple.
Though I was disappointed at the reality that had become Montre’s departure from SSM, I was even more disappointed about the outward display of hatred on the Internet.
What world are you living in out there?
Why do you feel as though you need to express your opinions so negatively?
Each and every one of you are capable of so much more.
I’m not here to take sides. I’m not here to express any hate. I just so happened to hear a piece of information that turned itself into a calamity.
I’m asking you to please reevaluate what you say before you say it. Especially when you don’t know the full story.
I’m wishing the best to Montre and all his future endeavors. You know what’s right for you, dude.
All the best,