Tag:Reggie Bush Statement
Posted on: September 16, 2010 8:31 pm

Reggie Bush STILL refuses to admit guilt?

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Give Reggie Bush credit: he's willing to go to enormous lengths to not admit the obvious. Here are the facts: the USC football program is on probation for this first of four years, dealing with a 2-year postseason ban, saw 14 wins and a national title vacated, and working through a 30-scholarship reduction. Former local demigod Pete Carroll had to flee in terror, leaving the program in the hands of human oddity Lane Kiffin. And now Bush doesn't even have his Heisman Trophy, abdicating the honor for the first time in the 75-year history of the award. Surely, surely, this is enough to convince Reggie Bush to come clean about the improper benefits he received as a Trojan, right?

Well, no:

"It's definitely not an admission of guilt. It's me showing respect to the Heisman Trophy itself and to the people who came before me and the people coming after," Bush said after practice with the New Orleans Saints.

"I just felt like it was the best thing to do, the most respectful thing to do because obviously I do respect the Heisman, I do respect all the things it stands for," Bush said. "I felt just to kind of silence all the talk around it, all the negativity around it. I felt like this would be the best decision to do right now so I could focus."

Take that statement, and then try to reconcile it with Bush's press release from earlier in the week when he gave up the trophy:

The persistent media speculation regarding allegations dating back to my years at USC has been both painful and distracting. In no way should the storm around these allegations reflect in any way on the dignity of this award, nor on any other institutions or individuals. Nor should it distract from outstanding performances and hard-earned achievements either in the past, present or future.

I would like to [...] establish an educational program which will assist student-athletes and their families avoid some of the mistakes that I made.

So. Bush admits making mistakes en route to receiving so much negative media attention that he can't, in good conscience, keep the Heisman... but he also refuses to say whether those mistakes have anything to do with the investigation at USC.

The message, as best as we can suss it out from Bush's logic, is that his mistake was receiving media attention in the first place. While from a strictly Socratic standpoint that may be true, he received media attention by being really good at college football, and we're not sure the Heisman Trust is going to be much of a fan of Bush's educational program if that's the only type of mistake he's ever going to cop to.

Posted on: September 14, 2010 5:02 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 5:21 pm

Reggie Bush forfeits Heisman; should he have?

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Reggie Bush/Heisman saga has come to an end. The NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported that Reggie Bush had forfeited his Heisman Trophy, and Bush's statement on the New Orleans Saints' website confirmed the matter shortly thereafter.

Here are some excerpts from Bush's statements:

I know that my victory was made possible by the discipline and hard work of  my teammates, the steady guidance of my coaches, the inspiration of the fans, and the unconditional love of my family and friends. And I know that any young man fortunate enough to win the Heisman enters into a family of sorts. Each individual carries the legacy of the award and each one is entrusted with its good name.

I have made the difficult decision to forfeit my title as Heisman winner of 2005. The persistent media speculation regarding allegations dating back to my years at USC has been both painful and distracting.

For the rest of my days, I will continue to strive to demonstrate through my actions and words that I was deserving of the confidence placed in me by the Heisman Trophy Trust. I would like to begin in this effort by turning a negative situation into a positive one by working with the Trustees to establish an educational program which will assist student-athletes and their families avoid some of the mistakes that I made.

While this decision is heart-breaking, I find solace in knowing that the award was made possible by the support and love of so many. Those are gifts that can never be taken away.

If you read carefully, you'll notice that Bush actually admits to making mistakes, although he places some of the blame for the negative situation on the media for "speculation regarding allegations back to my years at USC." Logically, then, it follows that he would have done the Heisman Trophy Trust a substantial favor by owning up to those mistakes and putting them in the public record, no?

And if Bush does that and establishes that educational program, well, wouldn't that outweigh whatever betrayal the Heisman Trophy Trust might have perceived?

Further, it's not as if anything Bush did on the field was invalid. He did rip off all those ridiculous runs. He did average 8.7 yards per carry. He's never been accused of cheating at sports. And frankly, he's not of the worst character of all Heisman winners, past and present. Yet he's the first to forfeit his trophy. We wonder: how many past Heisman winners have skeletons in their closets worse than Bush's? Will Bush be the only Heisman winner to forfeit his trophy? And if not, is that really what the Heisman Trophy thinks is best?

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