not QOTY but borders on nonapology apology

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 5 23:05:13 UTC 2013

The point is not that he was on the field. The point is that, while on the
field, he may have altered the action on the field.

It is debatable whether in fact he did interfere with the runner -- no
contact was made, but the runner changed direction just as he passed
Tomlin. It is not debatable, however, that Tomlin put himself in a position
where reasonable people could ask whether he did interfere with the action
on the field, and that the action could even be seen as intentional. That
is the perception he was referring to.


On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 4:14 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at>wrote:

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> 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.
> 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." 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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