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Old 05-29-2007, 08:27 AM   #1
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Default Marvin apologizes for stereotyping police

http://www.nfl.com/teams/story/CIN/10195974

CINCINNATI (May 24, 2007) -- Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, whose team has had several run-ins with the law, apologized for comments about police possibly targeting his players.

"Yesterday, I gave a radio interview and made some comments that did not illustrate the high regard I have for the Cincinnati Police Department. I apologize that what I said did not reflect my true feelings," Lewis said.

Lewis' statement came a day after a radio interview that drew a response from Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher. Talking on Dan Patrick's ESPN radio show about Bengals off-field problems, Lewis noted that wide receiver Chris Henry was pulled over in March after not signaling a turn while driving in Cincinnati.

Lewis said he thought such a traffic stop indicated there was profiling at work.

But on Thursday, the Bengals released a statement from Lewis saying that he didn't believe Cincinnati police were targeting his players.

"At no point did I say or mean to imply that these issues had anything to do with race," Lewis said. "When I spoke of our players being perhaps more subject to scrutiny than others, I was referring to their standing as public figures."

Lewis said the Bengals have had a good relationship with Cincinnati police and that he has "great respect" for Streicher and the entire department. He personally expressed his regret to Streicher.

Streicher said that, after talking with Lewis, he accepted the comments were a case of something coming out differently than what was meant.

"I have known and respected Marvin since he came to Cincinnati, and in no way do I feel he would intentionally disparage our department," Streicher said in a statement.

Henry received traffic tickets on March 25 for driving with a suspended license, failing to use his turn signal and a seat belt violation. He was allowed to go into a license intervention program to settle the charges.

The third-year pro, who has been suspended by the league for the first eight games of the 2007 season, is among nine Bengals players who were arrested over a nine-month span. Henry was arrested four times -- none of them in Cincinnati.

He was a focus of reports this week that initially alleged he had failed a drug test. His attorney and Kentucky state officials said that Henry's drug screenings were clean. They are part of his probations in Orlando, Fla., for carrying a concealed weapon and in Kenton County, Ky., for allowing minors to drink in a hotel room he rented.



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Old 05-29-2007, 11:56 AM   #2
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Default Re: Marvin apologizes for stereotyping police

He needs to apologize for claiming Pittsburgh as his hometown. He giggles and smirks like a goofy school girl evertime he gets in front of a camera. No wonder he has no control over his team. How could anyone take this guy seriously???
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Old 05-29-2007, 11:57 AM   #3
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Lewis said the Bengals have had a good relationship with Cincinnati police....
Yeah, I'll bet - a lot of his players are on a first-name basis with half the department by now.

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Old 05-29-2007, 12:46 PM   #4
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Default Re: Marvin apologizes for stereotyping police

You know, when someone steps out of line and says something they don't mean in the heat of the moment a sincere apology can be all thats needed to diffuse the situation.

However, this is the latest in a line of apologies (Portis, Pacman, Henry) where you can tell the guy has been pushed out in front of the cameras with a cue card written by his team - and it plays out as utterly insincere.

If the NFL is serious about protecting its reputation, and its stock, it will think long and hard about continuing to allow apologies that openly insult the intelligence of football fans.

Portis still think dog fighting is ok, Pacman still loves strip clubs and Marvin obviously believes that his players aren't getting a fair deal from the racist Cincy police - no half assed apology-by-numbers is going to change that.
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Translation:...they get an extra 10 minutes in "the yard" during rec time.
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"Yesterday, I gave a radio interview and made some comments that did not illustrate the high regard I have for the Cincinnati Police Department. I apologize that what I said did not reflect my true feelings," Lewis said.


Yeah OK....
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Translation:...they get an extra 10 minutes in "the yard" during rec time.
And a quick check in when they first get there.
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You know that there are some in The Queen City who honestly believe that The Steelers have some clandestine agreement with the police in Pittsburgh to keep Steeler player misconduct under raps if at all possible.
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You know that there are some in The Queen City who honestly believe that The Steelers have some clandestine agreement with the police in Pittsburgh to keep Steeler player misconduct under raps if at all possible.
Yeah it's called drafting players with standards and morals.
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You know that there are some in The Queen City who honestly believe that The Steelers have some clandestine agreement with the police in Pittsburgh to keep Steeler player misconduct under raps if at all possible.

...and I bet these same folks believe the gov't is hiding the facts about UFO's and there was a 2nd shooter on the grassy knoll in Dallas in '63.
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