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Ryan Mallett on drug rumors: “Obviously someone did that for a reason”

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Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett could only take so many questions about rumors regarding his drug use.   After refusing to elaborate on the issue four or five times, Mallett exited his interview at the NFL Scouting Combine abruptly.

“When I saw that stuff, I laughed about it,” Mallett said initially.  “I said I’m not going to talk about it here,” Mallett repeated later.

Asked if he could dispel the rumors outright, Mallett said he would only talk about the issue with NFL teams.

“Obviously someone did that for a reason, right before the combine,” Mallett said, hinting that he was somehow being set up with the rumors.

One can question whether it was fair for Mallett to face so many questions on the issue, but his handling of the problem is not going to help him.  Being a quarterback in the NFL is about more than reading defenses. The pressure of Saturday’s media session seemed to get to Mallett.

He was also forced to address questions about his decision-making on the field.

“7,000-plus yards and 60 touchdowns in two seasons. That’s how I respond to that,” Mallett responded.

Yes, he’s only a college kid.  But he had the opportunity to address the drug rumors directly Saturday and he chose not to.  There is a fine line between cocky and immature. How will he handle the spotlight when he faces adversity in the NFL?

We hear it repeatedly this time of year: Film doesn’t lie.  Teams will watch the tape of Mallett’s press conference Saturday, and we doubt they will like what they see.

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51 Responses to “Ryan Mallett on drug rumors: “Obviously someone did that for a reason””
  1. bigbigodnarb says: Feb 26, 2011 3:43 PM

    Ouch. I feel bad for the kid. I don’t think he will succeed in the NFL but it seems like he experimented in college and he clearly has no desire to talk about it. Tough situation.

  2. hooterdawg says: Feb 26, 2011 3:44 PM

    “Teams will watch the tape of Mallett’s press conference Saturday, and we doubt they will like what they see.”

    Absolutely wrong. Teams will view his mature approach to a media grilling as a positive. He was as direct as any politician would be. He didn’t make excuses, but merely said he will address any issues NFL teams might have with them directly. He owes no explanation to a small minded media hungry for some controversy they can print.

  3. ampats says: Feb 26, 2011 3:47 PM

    This is similar to the 1983 draft when Marino slid to the end of the 1st Round to Miami based on drug rumors at Pitt.

    Tony Eason was taken before Dan Marino.

  4. brs027 says: Feb 26, 2011 3:54 PM

    Is it me or do all the top qb’s in this draft have huge egos?

  5. jw731 says: Feb 26, 2011 3:54 PM

    Did they ask him if his Pop sold him to the highest bidder when he transferred from Michigan to Arkansas?
    Did they ask him if him Mom was a prostitute?
    Did they ask him if he knew that someone who can barely spell, and writes for a living would question whether he can play in the NFL?

  6. spreadthecheese says: Feb 26, 2011 3:55 PM

    It’s hard to deny drug allegations and exhale at the same time.

  7. tebowsgonnagitya says: Feb 26, 2011 3:56 PM

    If we would investigate our presidents this well, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Michael Vick smoked weed a lot, look at him now.

  8. waitingguilty says: Feb 26, 2011 3:57 PM

    Not absolving Mallet here, not at all.

    But I have one question:

    Where has the creativity, respect, class and decency gone as far as the media?

    If someone you are interviewing says 5 times that he will not talk about a particular issue today…where is the journalistic skill in continuing to ask?

    Be creative, change up the story line, get something else from him.

    My god the media has gone down hill.

  9. help me says: Feb 26, 2011 3:59 PM

    When someone won’t answer a question, they in effect answered the question.

  10. hobartbaker says: Feb 26, 2011 4:02 PM

    The upside of all this is Ryan won’t be handed extravagant sums of money to spend on illicit drugs. Coffee, chewing tobacco, and a couple beers on Friday night. That’s about it.

  11. dawgpound2010 says: Feb 26, 2011 4:03 PM

    Goodbye first round. Hello third round.

  12. sllib12 says: Feb 26, 2011 4:04 PM

    he does drugs? sounds like a raider to me.

  13. ottomanismydog says: Feb 26, 2011 4:05 PM

    reminds me of a young Ben Roethlisberger… minus talent and intelligence

  14. johnnyshore says: Feb 26, 2011 4:10 PM

    “Teams will watch the tape of Mallett’s press conference Saturday, and we doubt they will like what they see.”

    Come on Rosenthal, are you kidding me? This isn’t the tape that matters to teams, it’s the game tape that teams will look at. If Mallett looks good on the field to a team, then I’m sure they will get over his lack of media skills.

  15. shiftyshellshocked says: Feb 26, 2011 4:10 PM

    I don’t blame him for not talking to the press about it. You guys would make a mountain out of a mole hill. What ever happened to proof.

  16. 6250claimer says: Feb 26, 2011 4:11 PM

    Yo, Ryan! Charlie Sheen on line 1, wants to know if you’re coming over.

  17. bullet907 says: Feb 26, 2011 4:11 PM

    Ryan Mallet = Ryan Leaf.

  18. brooklynniner19 says: Feb 26, 2011 4:23 PM

    NFL teams would not mind how Mallet respond to the media a.k.a wolves. As long as he answer those question to the people it matters; GM’s, head Coaches, and owners. mallet has some maturing to do off and on the field.

  19. godzilla68 says: Feb 26, 2011 4:28 PM

    “When I saw that stuff, I laughed about it,” Mallett said initially. “I said I’m not going to talk about it here,” Mallett repeated later.

    Sounds like he’s hiding something. If you have nothing to hide why not talk about it? This is the perfect stage to clear your name if you have to. He comes off as smug to me.

  20. terrellblowens says: Feb 26, 2011 4:29 PM

    Haha, in literally EVERY story about a QB in the drat, you PFTers have used that line “there is a fine line between______.” The first few times you said between confidence and arrogance, now you just changed up the wording…

    But seriously, Mallett sucks. He doesn’t have good mobility, he’s not accurate, he’s not very smart, and he looks like he can’t handle media scrutiny. The only upside to him is his arm strength. He throws a lot of non-receiver friendly balls. By that, I mean he throws so hard his guys can’t even catch it a lot of times. If I was a GM, I wouldn’t draft this guy any earlier than the 3rd round. I can’t see him being a franchise QB ever. I think Newton and Gabbert are better prospects than him, and even they have their share of concerns.

  21. kwpit79 says: Feb 26, 2011 4:32 PM

    bullet907:

    I think you hit the nail on the head. Hope he pans out buy his maturity level matches Ryan Leaf’s, and that could be a problem. What’s going to happen when the media really starts drilling into him after games on Sunday?

  22. mellish225 says: Feb 26, 2011 4:33 PM

    All he had to do to become a millionaire is act like a decent human being, and he couldn’t do it. Amazing.

  23. occamsrazor1 says: Feb 26, 2011 4:34 PM

    Yes, he’s only a college kid. But he had the opportunity to address the drug rumors directly Saturday and he chose not to.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    A path to nowhere is still a path.

    He did address the drug issue when he said, “When I saw that stuff, I laughed about it,”
    Asked if he could dispel the rumors outright, Mallett said he would only talk about the issue with NFL teams.

    See Rosenthal, he did answer it directly but he didn’t answer it in the manner that you idiots in the media wanted so you try to portray him as something less than a standup guy.

    The media is unskilled labor.

  24. wcman says: Feb 26, 2011 4:44 PM

    This was very simple to handle and Mallett blew it. All he had to say was “the rumors are false, I didn’t do it”, and then move on. When you continually refuse to confirm or deny, they will keep asking you the question, and in this case he pretty much implacated himself by refusing to deny it. He’s a very immature player and this is not going to help him at all.

  25. superbowlseahawks says: Feb 26, 2011 4:47 PM

    Nobody cares about his press conference, except the press. Every scout will look at his game tape and none of them will watch this press conference. This is another example of the media trying to make their job look more important than it is.

  26. macker1283 says: Feb 26, 2011 4:57 PM

    If the rumors are completely false, I wouldn’t answer any questions on them either. It only gives legitimacy to the rumors.

  27. blkmanwtan says: Feb 26, 2011 4:59 PM

    Best QBs in the Draft? Newton and Mallet… the rest of the guys are bums.

  28. charly0418 says: Feb 26, 2011 5:01 PM

    Every QB in this draft sucks

  29. metalhead65 says: Feb 26, 2011 5:26 PM

    I thought he answered just fine. the press and you guys at pft are just pissed because he did not say yea I smoked weed in collage so you could label him a addict in your headline. just proves that unless a guy gives you the response you want you will paint a negative picture of him. and he is right the only people he has to answer to are the ones who will signing his check not you guys.

  30. greengayfackers says: Feb 26, 2011 5:31 PM

    do you have a different picture that doesn’t make him look like a retarded hick?

  31. edgy says: Feb 26, 2011 5:39 PM

    Mallet owes the media nothing. If he goes into the interviews with teams and does the same thing and it turns out that he’s lying THEN he’s got a problem but until then it’s no one’s business, especially the media’s. What’s next, he’s going to have to answer to TMZ about this — get real.

  32. sterilizecromartie says: Feb 26, 2011 6:20 PM

    Well said metalhead65

    Cut him a break Gregggg. He was put in a lose-lose situation. Either admit to his mistakes in front of a national audience (sounds like a lot of fun) or lie about it and say the rumors were totally false. He took choice C and tried not to talk about it at all and the media kept hounding him. So naturally it got under his skin a little.

  33. deconjonesbitchslap says: Feb 26, 2011 6:24 PM

    so teams in need of a QB will just trash this season and try for the #1 overall pick to get the stanford kid. got it.

  34. billsfan1 says: Feb 26, 2011 6:29 PM

    Journalism degrees are as useful as art therapy and business admin. Degrees…..degrees a half retarded monkey could earn and …..as is seen on sites like this…..they are getting jobs too

  35. commandercornpone says: Feb 26, 2011 6:42 PM

    he isnt a minority or likely a moden liberal. altho he owes the media zilch, they will never get off his backside.

    no wonder public approval of the media is down there with public approval of the past (house, and in the case of the senate, continuing) democratic congress.

  36. stonedwhitetrash says: Feb 26, 2011 6:59 PM

    The entire NFL is made up of retarded hicks and illiterate ghetto dawgs. What you are trying to say is that he is not hot.

  37. beefsbrother says: Feb 26, 2011 7:00 PM

    Drugs in college? Give me a break, who cares. Tons of players do it, but not all get called out. We all know this.

    I’d have no problem drafting Mallett or any player as long as he convinced me he knew that playtime was over and that staying clean was just part of the job.

  38. donterrelli says: Feb 26, 2011 7:35 PM

    hmmm, (hands like a scale) Cam Newton or Ryan Mallett.

    /I vote for Mallett

  39. disapointeddallasfan says: Feb 26, 2011 7:49 PM

    RYAN LEAF!!

  40. gbfanforever says: Feb 26, 2011 8:06 PM

    He sounded like another entitled, arrogant jerk who can’t handle tough questions. Totally a Ryan Leaf attitude.

  41. kinggw says: Feb 26, 2011 8:25 PM

    “One can question whether it was fair for Mallett to face so many questions on the issue”

    Let the double standard begin…Newton has been vilified for wanting to be an entertainer and icon and this guy is getting a pass on a possible coke addiction. I know, I know race has absolutely nothing to do with it.

  42. gbfanforever says: Feb 26, 2011 8:38 PM

    “Ouch. I feel bad for the kid. I don’t think he will succeed in the NFL but it seems like he experimented in college and he clearly has no desire to talk about it. Tough situation.”

    WTF? You feel BAD for this guy? Are you aware of the whole interview? I bet at least 10% of the players at the combine smoke pot and for many it’s not a big deal and they quit but for some it is a big deal and they get suspended by the league after positive tests. Now you’re trying to tell me you feel bad that organizations about to risk millions, and with guys putting their careers on the line by picking him, they shouldn’t be asking the “poor kid” some tough questions about drug use that just about everyone is aware that he was involved with? Get a freakin clue.

  43. tinbender2000 says: Feb 26, 2011 9:05 PM

    “Obviously someone did that for a reason”

    Most likley Cam’s dad, ala the Nancy Kerrigan shibacle.

  44. Deb says: Feb 26, 2011 9:30 PM

    @gbfanforever …

    This article isn’t about the NFL teams asking Mallet in private interviews whether he smoked pot so they can make decisions about their multi-million-dollar investments. This is about reporters grilling him at the podium and expecting him to confess to an illegal activity on film–a confession that could later be used against him in court. You get a freakin’ clue. :roll:

  45. andyreidisfat says: Feb 26, 2011 9:38 PM

    So if he stands up there and denies he looks like he is defending and all the media types get off on saying how he can’t own up to a mistake…. F that the kid did the right thing. sounds to me like he thinks an agent for another player has put this out there ( a very unheard of thing ? *sarcasm*) and that case the best way to disspell it for HIM is to talk to the people that matter the TEAMS, NOT the MEDIA.

    Every year we hear this bull from the football media, and then down the road you wonder why some of these players don’t want to talk with you. If we had a more respectfull non tabloid media we would end up getting more info and thats in all areas of media not just sports.

    Media = Great fail of the late 20th/ early 21st century

  46. Troll Nanny says: Feb 26, 2011 9:58 PM

    godzilla68 says: Feb 26, 2011 4:28 PM

    “Sounds like he’s hiding something. If you have nothing to hide why not talk about it?”

    These kinds of responses crack me up.
    What, do you think you can just walk up to anybody and ask personal questions?

    Did it ever occur to you that maybe, just maybe it’s none of your god damned business?

  47. lostsok says: Feb 26, 2011 10:19 PM

    “he isnt a minority or likely a moden liberal. ”

    Why do stupid people who only babble nonsense they hear on am talk-radio feel so compelled to make their ignorance public?

    Seriously, I find that weird…

    And what is a “moden” liberal? I don’t think that’s a word.

  48. umblah says: Feb 27, 2011 1:18 AM

    being a quarterback in the NFL is about winning…no “more” than that….get over yourself and stop acting like being a football player requires some sort of elevated code of ethics….

  49. clownburger says: Feb 27, 2011 3:12 AM

    “Teams will watch the tape of Mallett’s press conference Saturday, and we doubt they will like what they see.”

    THE MEDIA SUCKS

    Mallett said he will answer the questions TO THE TEAMS, NOT TO THE MEDIA.

    He’s right. It’s not the media’s business.

    Gregg is throwing a little hissy fit like the rest of the media because they didn’t get the “cutting edge” answers they wanted.

    GOOD FOR MALLET! He handled this correctly!

  50. gbfanforever says: Feb 27, 2011 8:31 AM

    Oh dear Deb, you’re still clueless. They aren’t trying to trick a guy into getting arrested, they just want to see if he can answer questions like an adult and show responsibility, which he clearly couldn’t. The guy who won the day is Jake Locker because he just surpassed Mallett on every teams draft board.

  51. danphxariz says: Mar 4, 2011 10:48 PM

    just watched a recording of the whole press conference and I didn’t see anything like the meltdown that’s been described. Hard to imagine what the motivations for this kind of misrepresentation might be. The kid did fine in the face of tough questions. Watch the interview yourself on youtube, he did ok.

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