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Bucs Side Of Rolle Story Differs
Posted Feb 27, 2010 by Roy Cummings
Updated Feb 27, 2010 at 10:59 AM
By ROY CUMMINGS
INDIANAPOLIS – Everyone knows there’s two sides to every story and not surprisingly the Bucs side of the Myron Rolle story that ran on the Yahoo Sports website the other day is a little different than what Yahoo Sports has.
For those who haven’t read that story, a controversy has risen over a report of that claims that during a 45-minute interview with a team of Bucs executives, Rolle was asked by one member of the Bucs staff “what it felt like to desert his team this season.’’
The reference, of course is to Rolle’s decision to leave Florida State University during his senior season to accept a Rhodes scholarship and attend Oxford University in England.
According to Bucs General Manager Mark Dominik, who was in on the interview along with Bucs coach Raheem Morris, the question that was actually asked of Rolle was “Did you feel like you deserted your team’’ by going to Oxford.
The difference isn’t all that subtle. One suggests the Bucs accused Rolle of abandoning his team while the other suggests the Bucs simply had an interest in learning how Rolle felt about leaving his team.
One thing that can’t be debated is Rolle’s feelings about the question. The safety, who is projected to be a late-round selection at best, was clearly taken aback by the query.
“I hadn’t heard that one before,” Rolle told Yahoo Sports. “My initial reaction was a bit of confusion. It never was anger, but I was more bothered by the question because if anyone knew my involvement with my teammates, how much they care about me and how much I care about them.’’
Judging from the question, the Bucs must not have known how much Rolle cared about his teammates. If they did they might not have asked the question.