Official Husker Locker Blog
2010 Nov 23
Carl Clears the Air
Here's Carl's statement:
“I apologize for the events that occurred after Saturday night’s game at Texas A&M. It was a very emotional situation and the mob scene on the field after the game amplified that. Having been involved in a similar situation in 2003 at Missouri, and in witnessing the situation on the field, I made a poor decision in trying to prevent a reporter from recording the scene.
I have acknowledged this from the very beginning. Unfortunately, in trying to prevent a scene, I created one. We have been in contact with Brandon Jones and I have apologized to him directly for putting my hands on his camera. I offered to pay for any damages to the camera, but Brandon indicated there were none.
“Unfortunately, Bo did not have all the facts prior to yesterday’s press conference and wasn’t fully prepared for the question. Hopefully, this statement will erase all doubts about the situation and allow everyone to put it behind us. Again, I apologize for any negative publicity this has caused for our football program, Athletic Department and the University of Nebraska."
Here's how Bo described the incident Monday at his press conference:
"There was a player in a group of people trying to get out of it, and Carl saw it and went over to try and pull the player into the locker room. I guess it happened on the way to the locker room, and as he did so apparently he went through the camera to get it, and if something happened to the camera, I know Carl regrets that it happened. That’s what happened and I talked to the player that was involved too.”
1. Bo didn't appear unprepared for the question Monday, although he could have been.
2. How could Bo not possess "all the facts" two days after the incident occurred and a video had emerged of the confrontation?
3. The incident to which Carl refers at Missouri was a cameraman capturing former Husker Kellen Houston landing a knockout punch square in the kisser of some Mizzou fan. Was Carl attempting to prevent the filming of such an altercation, or an actual altercation between a cameraman and a player?
4. Who was this mystery player Bo talked to, and was Bo referring to a different situation closer to the locker room?
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