Bad behavior as detritus

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 19 15:27:01 UTC 2012

The new quote, via AP:

Smith said the Falcons are “disappointed when a player sheds a negative
light on our organization. I can’t say any more than that.”


On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 9:27 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

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> In an article in the Boston Globe reporting the arrest of Atlanta
> Falcons running back Michael Turner for drunken driving and speeding
> "just hours after he scored a touchdown", coach Mike Smith is quoted as
> saying:
> "First and foremost, any time a player sheds negatively on our
> football team and on our organization, we are very disappointed."
> "Sheds negatively" seems odd in itself.  (Casting off
> electrons?)  More disturbing is the comparison of an alleged criminal
> act with the flaking of skin, and the belief that the worst sin is
> giving the team a negative images.
> (Smith did go on to say "This is a legal matter, and it's very
> well-defined how we have to proceed with it through the league, and
> we'll let this process run its course."  But still, he says nothing
> about the seriousness of the alleged offense.)
> Joel
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