WHY DO SPORTS FIGURES LIE?
Here is a shocker.
Nick Saban lied.
Do you remember when rumors leaked that Saban was talking to the New York Giants for a head coaching job when he coached Michigan State football?
Saban said he never went to New York to talk to the Giants. My sources told me that Saban only told part of the truth.
He went to New Jersey to talk to the Giants.
My sources were correct.
Saban finally admitted last week that he not only talked to the Giants, but he told Miami reporters that he almost took the job. It just was not right for him at the time.
Saban denied talking to the Giants right up to taking the LSU job.
This brings us to the age-old debate of when do you believe sports stars, players, coaches and franchises?
The public is lied to all the time.
A recent example involved the Pistons and Larry Brown. Brown and his agent insist they were fired. Pistons President Joe Dumars swears up and down it was a mutual parting.
Who told the truth?
Players always talk about how they love their teammates, then complain about them privately.
We hear lies all the time.
And I understand why. When an athlete is too truthful it often causes an uproar. The old movie line "You can't handle the truth" applies in sports.
Players do not want to provide bulletin board material or tick off communities who often lash back.
The truth often lands ESPN's Game Day crew in trouble. They need extra security and screens to protect them from rabid fans simply because they may predict the road team to lose on a remote broadcast.
When I covered Michigan football in the Bo Schembechler era he spent all week telling us about the fine virtues of Northwestern and Wisconsin football. And after blasting those teams 62-0 would tell us the following week they expected an easy time, but the real tough opponent was coming up the next Saturday.
I understand the truth is not always the right thing to say. That is why lies are an acceptable part of sports.
By the way ladies I am 6-foot-2, 180 pounds and have a full head of hair.