Did Bucs insult FSU's Myron Rolle? Enough already
The buzz about the Bucs supposedly insulting former FSU safety Myron Rolle during a pre-draft interview began several days ago, but you might notice you haven't read anything about it in this space.
That's because, at least in my opinion, it seemed from the outset to be a non-story. But since I see a mention of it practically every time I turn on my computer, perhaps it's time to at least address the matter.
For those who have no idea what this is about it, it all started when a former colleague of mine, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, made a passing reference in a story to the Bucs using an edgy line of questioning with Rolle during the interview, which happened prior to the Senior Bowl in January. The story was about how teams are actually leery of Rolle because he took a year off from football to pursue a Rhodes' Scholarship at Oxford University in England. That's an admirable thing and it puts him in the same category as a few former U.S. presidents, but it doesn't necessarily help one's football resume'.
So anyway, the story says the following:
"During a 45-minute interview before the Senior Bowl in January with seven members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff, including head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik, one member of the staff asked Rolle what it felt like to desert his team (last) season.
'I hadn’t heard that one before,' said Rolle, who pauses ever so slightly before answering to consider his thoughts. 'My initial reaction was a bit of confusion. It never was anger, but I was more bothered by the question because if anyone knew my involvement with my teammates, how much they care about me and how much I care about them.' "
Somehow, this has become, for some, an example of incompetence and a lack of professionalism from the organization. But those accusations forget to take into account the head games that are a major part of the draft process. If draft interviews consisted of just softball questions, what would be the point? You want to see how someone reacts to a pointed question, especially one that calls into question a player's passion for the game. And if you read the full article, it's clear there are widespread questions about Rolle in this regard, meaning the Bucs aren't the only ones asking them. In fact, it seems Cole presented it as a compelling piece of supporting evidence for the basis of his story -- not as evidence that the Bucs are maniacal interviewers.
It should be pointed out that general manager Mark Dominik reportedly claims the question was phrased a bit differently. But whether it was poorly worded or not, this whole thing is a story only for those with too much time on their hands and too much space to fill.
So, with that, I'm done talking about this. On to other things, like, you know, football!