I didn't see the original post - but I got the gist of it through the other threads.
I think someone involved in the situation brought at least the "topic" to the board for review by all the members here - without seeing the original thread, and don't know how tactfully it was approached, but by bringing the issue in front of us all, it allows us to all make our own decisions.
I see it as very similar to a thread that is still running in regards to a charitable donation from a poker run.
I respect your request to discuss it no further until there is a resolve, and I certainly think Ned provided alot to the powerboat community through this board, and through his photo's of the area of the Gulf he toured.
The Ban is truely a loss of an asset to this community.
I hope Management reconsiders, but again, not knowing the initial damage, I'm not the person to be the judge.