His confidence has never been a part of the Brodie thing that was annoying. More his thoughtlessness.
I think they both have the same right to speak on it. The difference is in how much we should care about one versus the other.That does seem to be changing, Brodie's Jomez profile at DDO seemed to show a more reflective side, but it’s hard to tell if it has truly sunk in. See him referring to Blue Lake recently as “too easy”, and then publicly walking that back when he shot even par. Meanwhile, Paul said just before the tourney that the course wasn’t as easy as he remembered it and that he thought Blue Lake could be made a top-5 course in the world with “a few tweaks”. Not sure I buy that take any more than Brodie's, but I know which one of them has earned the right to speak on the subject confidently.
The few people I’ve seen say they’ve met him in person or played with him have all said he was nice and chill. Can’t say I’m into ultimate at all, so no idea what kind of reputation he had back in the day.
I can assure you his rep was not viewed in a positive manner by most of us who played against him, but you had to respect his abilities on the field. He was an absolute force, but he also was obnoxious to play against (ticky tacky and phantom calls that changed the course of the game).
I think he kind of owned that in one of his videos. Meaning he acknowledged that was how he played.
I was hardly a boy scout out there myself, and if there was a grey area in the rules then it was to be explored, manipulated and taken advantage of. Let's just say there were lots of rules lawyers during my run. I can respect the fact that he came out and owned up to the fact that Spirit of the Game may not have been that important to him between the lines. That has kept more than one dominant Ulty athlete out of the Hall of Fame.
I don't think your experience is unique amongst competitive athletes. Teaching athletes how to foul without fouling (being called) is pretty common in contact sports.