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After further review … football dominates PR week

Sometimes you have to know when enough is enough, not just for public relations sake, but your own. After weeks of excuses for statements to statements, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer hasn’t realized that yet. Several Pro Football Hall of Famers may have had enough and suggest they may show it by not attending the 2019 induction ceremony in Canton. Then there’s one of the truly generous men in football. After further review …

Urban’s disturbin’ explanations to explanations– There’s something suspect when one of the best-known sports faces in the country continues to try to defend himself against his reported knowledge and handling of an assistant’s domestic violence case. From a sit-down with ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi to a press conference upon his return to work after a three-game suspension, Meyer’s comments are defensive, tone-deaf and they contradict some he made earlier. He lied when he said he didn’t lie (it’s on tape). He might be trying to convince himself or people outside of the die-hard Buckeye world, but to many, he’s insincere, phony and to this publicist, ignorant of what he communicates. I hope he finally gets the PR counsel he needs.

Pro Football Hall of Famers threaten to no-show – A group of former professional football players have reportedly signed their names to a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Player’s Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker saying that they will not travel to the 2019 induction ceremony unless they’re provided health insurance and an annual salary. The letter cites how the $14 billion league that they “helped build” could pay for it. While it’s signed and supported by members of the Hall of Fame, some which have reportedly publicly distanced themselves from it, my hope is that if there is a fight, that it’s for all former pro football players whose careers can be frighteningly short and their retirement physically challenging.

Stills’ service gets shout-out– There are dozens of stories about athletes who help their communities — too many of them aren’t recognized. Last week, Florida Senator, Marco Rubio tabbed Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills for his work off the field. Rubio previously shared his support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick saying that he didn’t agree with how he protested police brutality, but that it was his right to kneel during the national anthem.  Stills is one of few that continues to protest before games. Criticize Rubio for his politics if you want, but appreciate his public voice for NFL players’ constitutional rights.


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