not QOTY but borders on nonapology apology

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Dec 5 21:43:00 UTC 2013

On Dec 5, 2013, at 4:14 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:

> I don't want to be arguing the finer (or less fine) points of football,
> but his "biggest error" was being on the field, not the perception of
> being on the field. Yes, he's admitting the responsibility, but it's not
> clear if it's for the act that everyone thought he committed, for just
> being on the field or for perception of impropriety. It's clear that
> he's been adamant that he was not trying to interfere with the play. The
> NFL seems to think otherwise.

His smiling about it afterward didn't help.
> Given the Jason Kidd episode only a couple of days earlier, this is not
> surprising. I know, different sport, but the same issue. Kidd was a bit
> more forthcoming, "I shouldn't have spilled that soda."

He also shouldn't have caught mouthing to one of his players to bump into him so that he'd have an excuse to spill the soda.

> Although he also
> failed to acknowledge intent.
>    VS-)
> On 12/5/2013 12:25 PM, Dan Goncharoff wrote:
>> Doesn't the statement, "It's an inexcusable blunder on my part," and the
>> rest of his apology apology make this more than a non-apology apology?
>> (I presume that an "apology apology" is the opposite of a "non-apology
>> apology".)
>> Tomlin is rejecting the "no harm, no foul" defense by admitting that
>> allowing the perception that he might have been trying to interfere with
>> the play is his "biggest error".
>> Cut the man some slack.
>> DanG
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