Speaking Wednesday on Canada’s Sportsnet 590 The Fan, Wayne Gretzky, Johnson’s future father-in-law, expressed support for Johnson, who stepped away from the game in July because of “personal challenges.”
“Obviously life isn’t perfect, and he went through a tough time,” Gretzky said on the radio show. “As he said to me, ‘It’s going to make me a better person and more importantly, a more responsible person. Through that it’s going to make me a better athlete and a better golfer.'
“In life, unfortunately, sometimes we forget that even athletes are human. There are bumps in the road. Most importantly, he’s a wonderful person with a good heart, and we care about him. He’s our future son-in-law, and we love him dearly.
“So yeah, it’s been a tough time, but when you go through tough times as a family that’s when you’ve got to stick together the most.”
Johnson and Paulina Gretzky got engaged last August.