Far be it from me to not share my opinion of this thread....
First off. The point about the sick/disability leave. From what I have read, BK was on 'contract' (read, not an employee, but a contract employee) with Losi. When he was sick and not racing, Losi paid him for 14 months until the contract expired. If BK did not accept the new contract offered, than that was BK's choice. Losi cannot just extend the contract because that is not what happens in Business. Horizon has share holders, share holders are not charity, regardless of how big the name is/was of the person in question.
Second. Hodapp, I dont know who you used to race with, but I am familiar with the name. However, not knowing your story and seeing your posts here, Losi must have made you angry at one point, as your bitterness is much deeper than anything to do with BK. To deny that would be BS, my opinion of course.
Business is not charity. Bottom lines do not have exemptions for "that guy got sick, so write off $100,000 this year", it just doesnt work that way. Business' post Enron have auditors that audit, then auditors that audit the auditors, then yet another round after that, try and explain a kiss in the form of checks, good luck.
Come on guys, lets use some common sense. I am inclinded to beleive Rich from Losi, as when people speak clearly and not lean to the nasty without sounding like a lawyer, that is usually the story that has the most stickability.
In the end, BK was paid until his contract expired, and was then offered a smaller contract even though HE WAS NOT RACING. Who else would offer to pay someone for NOT doing their job? I wouldnt expect Losi to force money into BK's bank account
While I have respect for BK, he is and never will be the reason I buy Losi (neither will Drake). I buy Losi stuff because I like Losi stuff. That is why I will get the 8ight on the second round of shipping. BK sold alot of stuf for Losi, however, after 14 months of being paid without any return, even if Losi didnt offer him something smaller (even though it strongly appears they did), they owe him nothing.
RC is about toys and fun, however, their are still guys dressed in suits and ties and shares are still traded on exchanges around the world, they dont care who gets sick.