Let’s recap a few of the events, sans Mike Vick-related things, for the Falcons:
- Jan. 7, 2007: Almost one year ago to the day, Bobby Petrino accepts a job to become the Head Coach of the Falcons. Comment of note:
Less than six months after signing a 10-year, $25 million contract with the Cardinals and saying “this is where I want to be”, Petrino made the decision public.
- Dec. 12, 2007: After just 13 games, Petrino abandons his team to take a job at Arkansas. Comments of note:
“I knew I wanted to come back and coach in college football,” Petrino said. “I’m very excited to get back and work with the student-athlete.”
and this one:
Safety Lawyer Malloy: I feel like I’ve been sleeping with the enemy. This league is not for everybody. This league is for real men. I think he realized that he didn’t belong here.
- Jan. 9, 2007: And now this, today, word that former NFL Head Coach and Current USC Head Coach Carroll is interested in returning to the NFL.
So what do we, the public, want? Do we want guys to go quietly, tacitly admitting guilt, like Big Mac? Do we want gentle admissions with justifications (ie: “trying to return from injury”)? Do we want them to give the public a big, fat F-bomb? Or do we want them kicking and screaming that they are indeed innocent, even going so far as filing defamation lawsuits? If you were a PR flack, what would YOU advise your client to do?
Here’s another random thought on Clemens: if he were a beloved figure, maybe the public would be more sympathetic. But Clemens is not beloved. He’s viewed as a mercenary. If this were Ripken or Gwynn or Molitor or Jeter, there might be a great sense of empathy. But for Clemens, as a mercenary, he was never beloved. He was cheered by the fans of the team he played for but I honestly don’t think most fans took him into their hearts the way they do for “their guys”.…