Last week, we interpreted the comments of men like Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb and Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman regarding the question of whether McNabb refused to wear a wristband last year essentially confirmed the report from The Sports Junkies that McNabb indeed refused to wear the wristband.
Some of you disagreed with our logic. And so you’ll probably disagree with our take on the latest failure of a key figure in the McNabb Experiment to deny that McNabb refused to help the team by helping himself remember the plays, something many quarterbacks (including Tom Brady) routinely do. But the fact that this extra little piece of evidence won’t persuade some of you won’t stop us from pointing it out.
Redskins G.M. Bruce Allen, in an appearance on ESPN 980 (via SportsRadioInterviews.com) was asked point-blank if McNabb refused to wear a wristband. And Allen point-blank dodged the question.
“Well, it doesn’t matter on the stories because obviously last year we were trying to work together as a new staff with new players,” Allen said. “And Donovan tried to work into our system, did everything he could, and we just couldn’t perform. We were 6-10. We’re not going to get into the ‘he said, she said’ type of thing. Donovan’s been a pro his entire career and we have a great respect for him.”
But wouldn’t declaring the reports to be untrue constitute the ultimate show of respect? Then again, at least Allen has enough respect for McNabb to not tell a lie on his behalf.