Since I went against my better judgement and posted the link to one part of this story, I do feel compelled to post up Tatum's side of things. This does hone in on the fact that we will likely never know what really happened - Birkett talked with him, not me.
While it is standard practice to box-up and ship out a players personal effects that are left behind when they are cut, many choose to take those items themselves. So it could be a misunderstanding as Bell indicates. However it is settled, no matter who was right or wrong we do need to be sure to think before jumping to judgement. I held off posting the story because it didn't feel quite right - and still doesn't - especially now that the national media is hopping on the circus train.
I'm sure we don't know all the real details and never will. Chief had a great point on this, and I'm re-posting it here because it really strikes home.
Now, how bout that Falcons game coming up??
Posted by CHIEFGER139 on 09/03/08 at 9:56PM
I HATE TO STICK UP FOR TATUM AGAINbut i am-sure the security cameras caught him on tape but it sounds like tatums already gonna give him his money back, and pay for any loses-the guy fells sick about it-many of you guys are knieve how things go-and here how you think he talks malkes him guility-the chief dont talk so great either but must tell you true story of chiefs life-when i was 18 and workin at a pizza parlor my dad got me a old beater car as a graduation present-and dad knew chief earned scarolship and would be 1st in family to go to college-my younger sisters boyfriend who worked me begged me to borrow my car -said he had to go to night school and couldnt miss-i said no but kept hammering me he did this even in front of my bosses-i finaly gave in and gave him the keys- he went out and robbed a gas station with some friends and my car-the police ided my car from the plate-i told them everything-the truth-as they arrested me as i was still at work- the owner of the station was there he said thats him hes the guy who robbed me even though i was working at the time-i spent that night in jail-luckily the guy who borrowed my car was caught by police dogs and that confirmed my story and i was released the next day with apologies but they were ready to put me away for along time. i know you like to think everything is cut and dry but itis notgive tatum his fair deal he needs itps glad we cut him and brought in rudiLIONS GREAT IN 2008-PLAYOFFS AND BEYOND!!!
I'm with Chief - Go Lions Great in 2008 Playoffs and Beyond!