... whether the story about financial problems and (illegal?) payments is accurate or not.
I do know that the public speculation/discussion revolved around whether bigs could succeed under Digger's tutelage. There were always questions and criticisms about the job-sharing aspect and (arguably) limited offensive roles that went along with the Laimbeer/Flowers and Kleine/Andree eras. Without a doubt, Joe's dad was a vocal critic of his son's role.