A quick detour

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.

“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.
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We're hypocrites, face it

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”.…

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