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Agents, Panthers respond to Mallett report

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Earlier today, a pair of reports emerged indicating that Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett had blown off a meeting with the Panthers after a night on the town.

Curiously, neither report indicated that an opportunity had been given to Mallett to respond.

Mallett has now responded, through his agents.  In addition to the comments from J.R. Carroll to Adam Schefter, Mark Humenik of Athletes First has forwarded to PFT a written statement from Carroll and David Dunn.  Here it is, in its entirety.

“There is absolutely no truth to the unfounded and irresponsible report that Ryan skipped his visit with the Carolina Panthers on April 9 because he was too sick after a late night out on the town the previous night.  Rather, Ryan had dinner with club officials from the Panthers on the evening of April 8 and then returned to his hotel that evening along with Julio Jones.  Ryan and Julio were together the entire time that evening until Ryan and Julio turned in for the night around 10:00 — 10:30 pm.

“Upon returning to his hotel room, Ryan became ill and was up most of the night and into the morning with flu-like symptoms.  Keep in mind that this was Ryan’s fourth team visit in the previous week and that Ryan had crisscrossed the country with stops in Cincinnati, Fayetteville, Seattle, Fayetteville again and Minneapolis before Charlotte.  Nevertheless, Ryan met with Panthers representatives on the morning of April 9 as scheduled and informed the club at that time that he was extremely sick.  Carolina officials decided to send Ryan back to his hotel room for some medicine and additional rest in hopes that they could meet with Ryan later that morning.  Ryan did as instructed and contacted Panther officials later that morning to resume his meetings with club officials.  However, given that Ryan was still sick, Carolina officials decided to cancel the remainder of Ryan’s visit with the team.”

The Panthers have corroborated that version of the events, in an e-mail to PFT:  “Ryan Mallett came for a visit to Charlotte two weeks ago. He had dinner with our coaches the evening he arrived and came down from his hotel room for a scheduled breakfast meeting the following morning upon which time he informed a staff member that he had been sick all night with nausea. We told Ryan that if he was ill to remain in his room as long as the nausea existed. We took him to the airport later that afternoon for his scheduled flight.”

Though we’ve got no reason to help or hurt Mallett’s draft stock, this story is a prime example of the extent to which the media can get sucked into potentially bogus or embellished draft rumors.  While we appreciate the irony of a rumor site commenting on the very journalism principles that for years we have disregarded, this is more of a liability concern, and that’s a topic about which I’ve been sensitive from the day we launched.  Any media outlet that disseminates inflammatory information about a player that could hurt his draft stock and cost him millions without first seeking a response from the player or his agent could get sued for defamation.

It’s also wrong, in our view, to participate blindly in the agenda-driven efforts by agents who represent rival players or teams that, ironically, want so badly to be able to draft the player that they’ll lie about him.  Whether it’s trumped-up rumors about injuries or chatter about off-field behavior, folks who run with those nuggets could be stepping into a proverbial jackpot.

Though no one has been sued such a report, the key word to add to that is “yet.”

That said, if one or more people saw Mallett out that night and they go on the record to say so, that would be one hell of a story.

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27 Responses to “Agents, Panthers respond to Mallett report”
  1. bobwhitequail says: Apr 20, 2011 3:38 PM

    His agents can sure spin a good yarn. Oh yea, I forgot, it’s their job to do that.

  2. tryagainplease says: Apr 20, 2011 3:42 PM

    ‘Though we’ve got no reason to help or hurt Mallett’s draft stock, this story is a prime example of the extent to which the media can get sucked into potentially bogus or embellished draft rumors. While we appreciate the irony of a rumor site commenting on the very journalism principles that for years we have disregarded, this is more of a liability concern, and that’s a topic about which I’ve been sensitive from the day we launched’

    breaking news: the pot actually met the kettle…

  3. huskersrock1 says: Apr 20, 2011 3:44 PM

    Are you asking to get sued? You guys are disseminating the reports by reporting on them. Just because your a rumor site your not shielded. More people probably read about the Mallett issue through your “rereporting”.

  4. jebdamone says: Apr 20, 2011 3:45 PM

    boy there sure are a lot of people out there that hate mallett and want him to fail. personally, i want to see this kid winning rings with the vikings.

  5. skoobyfl says: Apr 20, 2011 3:49 PM

    I think that teams drafting in the late first, early 2nd are starting rumors.

  6. michbengal says: Apr 20, 2011 3:51 PM

    “Any media outlet that disseminates inflammatory information about a player that could hurt his draft stock and cost him millions without first seeking a response from the player or his agent could get sued for defamation.”

    Wow. Did you seek a repose from Mallet or his agent?

  7. shutupandbehappy says: Apr 20, 2011 3:51 PM

    My question is which team lower in the draft floated this rumor to get him to fall?

    The Warren Sapp smear is in full effect.

  8. xxwhodatxx says: Apr 20, 2011 3:52 PM

    “the extent the media goes to get sucked in …….”. You must be talking about yourself.

  9. usfdrewhamilton says: Apr 20, 2011 3:53 PM

    This pseudo-editorial is like Rex Ryan criticizing PFT readers on their diet…

  10. bw82b says: Apr 20, 2011 3:56 PM

    What is with everyone crucifying this young guy for drinking beer and smoking pot in college?If I’m wrong feel free to correct me but didnt EVERYONE smoke and drink in college???Surrounding this guy with the right people and knowing his goals will work wonders, he’s got alot of talent. I wish everyone would just get off his back and onto the backs of guys like donte stallworth,braylon edwards and all the other j’offs who drive drunk with complete disregard of other people.

  11. breeshasabush says: Apr 20, 2011 4:01 PM

    so after that lengthy diatribe about how irresponsible it is to contribute to rumors you end the article with a window of possibility that he in fact was out drinking all night. You just went against everything you just said.

    Also all u Vick supporters who claim that white athletes don’t get harrassed as much as Vick… here is concrete proof that you are wrong. The guy admitted to doing drugs in college so hes labled a “Ryan Leaf” and a “scum bag” and is going to lose millions, Vick goes to prison for murdering pets and hes a “HERO”, who is going to re-make millions and who may very well get the cover of Madden… put me in a room with 20 college athletes and ask them if theyve ever experimented with drugs and if they give an honest answer id say maybe 4-5 dont raise their hand.

  12. largent80 says: Apr 20, 2011 4:04 PM

    Perhaps the nausea was induced by a realization that playing for Carolina would mean having to move to Charlotte.

  13. weswelkerspornstash says: Apr 20, 2011 4:05 PM

    Translation:
    He’s my only client. He’s my meal ticket don’t talk a bunch of crap. It could cost me millions. I don’t care about him…
    Sincerely,
    Agents First

  14. jtd24dx says: Apr 20, 2011 4:11 PM

    mj scored 38 with the flu.
    This guy can’t even talk to people when sick?

  15. michbengal says: Apr 20, 2011 4:16 PM

    @shutupandbehappy

    “The Warren Sapp smear is in full effect.”

    Did you even see Warren Sapp or listen to what he said? It may have been dumb, but it wasn’t a smear. He was giving Mallet a compliment.

  16. gtfan says: Apr 20, 2011 4:17 PM

    “Though no one has been sued such a report, the key word to add to that is ‘yet.’”

    More likely, the key word to be added to that is “over.”

  17. zn0rseman says: Apr 20, 2011 4:22 PM

    Seems as if they rapidly deleting all posts that compare this story to the ridiculous claims of racism with any Cam Newton criticism. Glad to know that free speech is officially no longer a policy at PFT.

  18. duanethomas says: Apr 20, 2011 4:48 PM

    I guess the truth hurts……How do I know? Your comments wont get published. Violating once again the non-existent terms of service. All I said was this site was the one running with the rumor without gathering facts or talking to the source. Happens all the time on here. This should have been 1 post and the story should have been how there was a false rumor out there about Mallet and he and the Panthers refuted it.

  19. darthvincent says: Apr 20, 2011 4:54 PM

    That said, if one or more people saw Mallett out that night and they go on the record to say so, that would be one hell of a story.

    be nice if this was done first before running with a hell of a story… otherwise there’s nothing there – just a bunch of made-up crap by a pseudo-journalist.

  20. sonnyandsam says: Apr 20, 2011 4:55 PM

    Love how the haters assume the agents are protecting their revenue source but conveniently ignore that the Panthers corroborated the statement and what happened.

    Why is it so hard for some to accept that the kid had the flu?

  21. moelester says: Apr 20, 2011 5:47 PM

    sure seems to be a lot of emphasis on Mallet and Jones being in each others company at the end of the night. Maybe Mallet just had a sore rear end the next day????

  22. wilburmills says: Apr 20, 2011 5:56 PM

    I can’t believe you have acknowledged the defamatory character of the “stories” published about Ryan Mallett and how irresponsible the gossip and innuendo about him have been…the only problem is that your site and your writers have been the main culprits in such mud-slinging attacks….over and over again…when this latest gossipy story came out you rushed to post it and link to the other defamatory articles you had previously posted…while you may have some limited immunity for the comments the public bloggers make in response to your article, you have no immunity when you and your site write the article or post a defamatory article….you have defamed Mr. Mallett over and over again…

    I can’t believe that you recognize such wrong-doing in others… shocking… .now act responsibly

  23. thefiesty1 says: Apr 20, 2011 6:06 PM

    Carolina didn’t really want to meet with him anyway. They’ve already decided on Newton. It was just a courtesy flush.

  24. sportsmediacritic says: Apr 20, 2011 6:32 PM

    When the media (including PFT) reports of bogus Mike Vick misconduct (like supposed skipping of events), you don’t get the post story apology and indignation (but rather, “well, its Mike Vick, so he doesn’t really deserve the benefit of the doubt….”)

    Not sure why Mallett should get the benefit of the doubt, considering his past run-in with the cops, drug allegations (reported on PFT that he admitted it to the teams during interviews).

    Also, there are studies that show that a vast majority of the “call in sick” excuses are bogus. So the morning after he goes out with the team, he’s on his death bed the next day and can’t continue talks? Must be some strange flu going around….

    I hope the Bengals draft him. A true match made in heaven…

  25. ernieernie says: Apr 20, 2011 6:38 PM

    I agree. Cam is there boy and they just want Cam to sweat a little. Perhaps they are trying to work out a contract as we speak and want the price to drop a little.

  26. realfootballfan says: Apr 20, 2011 6:42 PM

    michbengal,

    I’m pretty sure he’sspeaking of how the unfounded cokehead rumors pushed Warren Sapp Down the board in a similar fashion back in the ’96 draft.

    Truly the only time I saw that man quiet, humble, and lacking for anything to say because he was so grateful the Bucs “took a chance” on him despite him probably being one of the most dominant defensive line prospects that had come out in years.

  27. breeshasabush says: Apr 21, 2011 10:57 AM

    @sportsmediacritic

    WOW!!!!!!! You are actually saying that Vick deserves the benefit of the doubt more than Mallett because Mallett has had “past run ins with the cops and drug allegations”…. Do you know who Michael Vick is?????

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