Tatum Bell's First Interview After "Luggagegate" Will Be On The Dan Patrick Show Tomorrow

Thursday, September 04, 2008

It's a wild story that I'm sure you've probably already read about somewhere, but here's a quick recap. Rudi Johnson gets signed by the Lions, Tatum Bell gets cut to make room for the new RB, Rudi's luggage inexplicably goes missing (along with money clip and bills), cameras catch Bell walking out of the facility with the bags....annnnnnd SCENE!

You couldn't write something like that, and while you'd like to think it's cut and dry at this point, we're just getting started with this whole thing. Tatum Bell has now told the Detroit Free-Press that it was an honest mistake and that he thought that the luggage was the property of someone else....

Now, Bell’s version: Knowing he was going to be released, Bell went to clean out his locker. Former teammate Victor DeGrate, who played at the same high school and college as Bell and had been cut Saturday, asked him to grab his backpack. Bell grabbed two bags by the computer area, thinking they were DeGrate’s.

“I didn’t have a clue,” Bell said. “I wasn’t thinking or nothing at the time. I just grabbed the backpack and grabbed the other bag. It wasn’t in nobody’s locker or nothing like that. It was just sitting right there by the computers. … So I grabbed them and put them in the car.”

Bell said he took the bags to a female friend of DeGrate’s, as DeGrate had asked him to. The woman, reached by phone, was upset and declined to comment. DeGrate did not respond to messages. Later, the Lions contacted Bell and told him they had the surveillance video of him taking Johnson’s bags.

“I said, ‘If you look on film, I wasn’t in no hurry or nothing. I was just going about my day,’ ” Bell said. “I tried to talk to Rudi yesterday, but he was pretty upset, so I let it go. So now it’s that I’m being a thief. I come to found out that the bags weren’t whose I thought they was. It was just an honest mistake, man.”
I guesssssss that could potentially have happened, but the irony is of the charts if that's the case. Oh well, you have to take a man at his word right? And the first word since the incident will come on The Dan Patrick Show tomorrow. You can hear all of the apologetic goodness at 10:30am EST or so over at DP.com, and there's also a small chance that Rudi Johnson will be on the show. I've been told that's unlikely at this point, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Tatum Bell explains himself (Dan Patrick Show)
Bell: 'I ain't no thief;' but Lions' Johnson doesn't believe him (Detroit Free Press)
Tatum Bell Handled That Well (With Leather)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:13 PM


For some reason, I kinda believe him.

Jay said...
Sep 4, 2008, 2:50:00 PM  

Time to air a grievance. AA, y'know I love the blog. But don't help perpetuate the use of "-gate" as a scandal suffix. Watergate was Watergate because that was the name of the hotel. If we're going to erroneously allude to political scandals, let's start a new tradition of adding "Contra Affair" to the end of things. Like, "Patriot Spy Contra Affair." At the very least, it conjures memories of the greatest Nintendo game ever, Contra.

Sorry, I hope that didn't seem like I was possessed by AA hates ESPN.

Kyle said...
Sep 4, 2008, 3:29:00 PM  

You're right Kyle....I apologize.

Sep 4, 2008, 4:03:00 PM  


Kyle said...
Sep 4, 2008, 4:11:00 PM  

By the way, the CAPS is Internets lingo for anger.

Kyle said...
Sep 4, 2008, 4:15:00 PM  

Kwame Kilpatrick is more innocent than Tatum Bell is.

Anonymous said...
Sep 5, 2008, 1:39:00 AM  

seems to me like KYLE is the jerk for going ballistic on AA after AA apologized.
sounds like Kyle-gate.
i vote for banning him AA. i'm sure you can set up the blog to delete his posts.

Anonymous said...
Sep 5, 2008, 1:48:00 AM  


/the sound of Kyle's sarcasm going over Anonymous 1:48's head

Anonymous said...
Sep 5, 2008, 2:01:00 AM  

Ridiculous. How can you agree with Kyle, aa? His reasoning is so specious, it sounds like he's been watching too much of the political conventions. Language evolves. The gate suffix started nearly 40 years ago because of the name of a hotel. In the past four decades it has evolved into a suffix that, when used, denotes a scandal. Perhaps the Patriot Spy Contra Affair will similarly evolve, but I doubt it, since none of those scandals led to the resignation of a sitting president.

AA Hates ESPN said...
Sep 5, 2008, 9:28:00 AM  

AAHE, that was a damn good post. I'd like to buy you an intraweb beer.

Second anon, that's ironic. Pretty sure that anon No. 1 was being sarcastic as well. And if you were too, well, this is just a big clusterfuck of people missing the sarcasm. Where's Prof. Frink's Sarcasm Detector when you need it?!

Kyle said...
Sep 5, 2008, 5:57:00 PM  

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