He stated he was involved early on absolutely agree. And there was back and forth communication during. Doesn't make it his story as well as many of it was Red not being so different than 2077 .Mike pondsmith said he has been pretty active in the process from what he said in interviews. Nothing he has said in interviews suggests he dislikes what they did with Johnny, or the plotline.
Never said he hated the story. He also has never said he loved the story. He's a corporate partner and not going to crap the bed.