Don’t expect an explanation from Nelson Brady any time soon.
When I cover a major domain industry event, I like to get both sides of the story. So when the news about the SnapNames insider bidding scandal broke, one of my first calls was to the man allegedly at the center of the controversy, former SnapNames VP Nelson Brady.
Instead of writing about the conversation then, I wanted to wait until I had a chance to have a more in-depth discussion with Brady or his attorney. I talked to Brady’s attorney last week, and he indicated that neither he nor his client will discuss the matter at this time.
In my brief conversation with Brady the day after the news broke, he indicated two things. First, he wouldn’t implicate others in the alleged scheme [Update: A number of people have interpreted this wording to mean that he is covering for other people. I didn’t have a pen and paper when I talked to Brady, so this isn’t a direct quote. Essentially, I asked him if other people were involved in the alleged activity and he said no.] Second, he said there’s more to the story.
What “more to the story” means isn’t something I’m willing to speculate about.
I’m personally trying to look forward more than backward, and would like to focus on what the industry can do to make sure this sort of thing never happens again. Alas, going forward will probably require understanding what happened in the past.