Last night on Twitter, Alvin Keels, the agent for Leigh Bodden tweeted the following:
He then added:
Contrast that with the statement Keels put out when the Patriots released Bodden:
“He’s enjoyed this time in New England, but after meeting with coach (Bill) Belichick this morning, both parties agreed it was time to move on. Leigh still has a strong desire to play football and welcomes his next opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl. Leigh is totally healthy and can contribute right away.”
At the time of the release, there was a lot of hand-wringing over the move, especially on sports radio. Some said Bodden had an attitude problem, others just blasted the move based on the lack of depth in the secondary. (Some print reporters, like Greg A Bedard astutely insisted that something was wrong with Bodden, noting his total lack of speed, especially when contrasted to training camp.) Will those who blasted the release revisit their comments now that this injury has been revealed?
Moreover, do any of them feel misled by the agent and/or Bodden?
Ian Rapoport talked to Bodden last night, (After getting cut, Leigh Bodden needed surgery) and the CB says he nearly signed with the Chiefs before he “came clean” about his health. Bodden also says that the Patriots didn’t believe he was hurt, but that even he didn’t really know how bad it was.
Just kind of a strange situation all around, and one that should be a lesson about blindly lapping up whatever an agent says.
The media links:
ESPN caught out of position – Chad Finn is critical of ESPN for being slow to cover the events at Penn State.
NBA lockout costing broadcasters – Johnny Diaz looks at stations impacted by the cancelled NBA games, such as CSNNE, WEEI and WCVB.
Media Roundup – My SB Nation Boston media column is a look at Penn State talk on local radio, as well as Rodney Harrison and Tony Dungy previewing Patriots/Jets.