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Pat Haden says Reggie Bush did not apologize

Posted on: August 13, 2010 5:31 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 5:32 pm

Haden, USC's AD, was afraid to even take Bush's call. But Haden told the L.A. Times that Bush did not apologize during two recent phone calls contrary to what USA Today reported on Friday.

The NCAA has forced USC to disassociate itself from Bush. That's why Haden wasn't sure he could even take Bush's calls.

How this helps Bush or USC is beyond me. Bush is acting like a boyfriend who can't commit. Just say the words, "I'm sorry I screwed the entire university. I'll never be able to look myself in the mirror again."

Category: NCAAF
Tags: USC

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2010 10:21 pm

Pat Haden says Reggie Bush did not apologize

Mauxdeverite...are you flipping serious? How did USC exploit him? He is playing in the NFL making big bucks thanks to USC. Are you sniffing something? Putting his hands on him? Social and economic justice? Kept him on the plantation? Is your post an effort to be funny? If it is, it isnt. Just shows how ignorant you are. Maybe you didnt know this but this website is for adults only. I love the fact USC has shunned him and stripped everything that resembled him from the trophy case and locker room. Good for them; they needed to. Ditto for Mayo's jersey. What he ever did for USC wasn't worth the sanctions the school is left with. Players who had nothing to do with him accepting money for new rides, clothes, hotel rooms, etc....he did help his parents...and USC paid for that and will continue to pay for it. Dont kid yourself it wasnt just about helping his parents...he wanted the money, ride, clothes, etc...He should have manned up a long time ago and apologized to the school. THat is the difference between class and no class...something you know nothing about either.

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: August 13, 2010 10:20 pm

Pat Haden says Reggie Bush did not apologize

Reggie. just go away. The damage has been done to the university and you have your millions. I am not a fan of USC but I do feel that is has been wronged by the actions of above named player. I am sorry to say that in the current state of affairs. it will not be the last time  that this scenario is carried out throughout the landscape that is called colliegiate football.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2010 9:49 pm

Pat Haden says Reggie Bush did not apologize

Bush ain't got to apologize to nobody for nuthin'. They can all kiss his a**.  USC used and exploited him, and kept him on the plantation. Reggie just got some of what he was entitled to. It was social and economic justice. Reggie is a grown a** man, his own man, and ain't no man puttin' his hands on him either. Nuthin' wrong with a man gettin' paid what was owed him. Can't blame a guy for tryin' to take care of his family. And the DAC can do whatever they want with the Heisman trophy. Don't make no difference anyhow. Everybody knows Reggie won it anyway. Keep it real Reggie. Fight on. (that just about covers it, doesn't it?)  :)

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2010 9:15 pm

Pat Haden says Reggie Bush did not apologize

“I would say it was conversation of him being contrite, but not an apology,” Haden said.
Haden said that he checked with USC’s compliance department before taking the call from Bush, who plays for the New Orleans Saints. Haden said he mostly listened during the call.

“When we say we have to disassociate ourselves, I didn’t know if I could talk to him or even listen to him,” Haden said. “It was basically just a conversation about him feeling bad about what he put the university through.”

Perhaps this is Bush’s way of apologizing. Do you have to come out and say I am sorry, it was my fault?

Do you have to say the words others would like for you to say or can it be said the way you are comfortable with and the way you want?

Everyone wanted Tiger Woods to say he was sorry and that he made a mistake. This might not be his way of saying that

Bush might have thought he was apologizing when he said that he felt bad about what he put the university through.

If he does not say the exact words you would like to hear perhaps you should become his writer and make sure he says exactly what you would want him to say.

If that is his way of saying I am sorry I can accept the afar without putting words into his mouth so he can puppet what I think he ought to say.



Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2010 8:58 pm

Pat Haden says Reggie Bush did not apologize

Eloquent, socalsooner2.Nothing more - or less - can be said.

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2010 7:27 pm

Pat Haden says Reggie Bush did not apologize

I can't say it any better than that. If you want to send it back, Reggie, do it. The unfortunate thing about all this is the kids who currently play for USC who can't play in bowl games and won't be getting much help for the next few years. In addition, while Reggie messed up the AD was a fool. He didn't even care to learn all the rules. I'm not making this up. The former USC AD did not know all the rules.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2010 7:17 pm

Pat Haden says Reggie Bush did not apologize

"He told me, 'If I could turn the clock back, I would. If I could give the Heisman Trophy back, I would.' "
Attributed to Reggie Bush as quoted by Pat Haden in USA Today article

That's a pretty bizarre statement to make on several levels if you sit back and chew on it. 

First, you have to ask "what's holding you back Reggie?"  Is there anything in the Heisman Trust rules that prohibit a player from returning the trophy?  If Reggie just put a note on it that said "Thanks Downtown Athletic Club, but it takes up too much room in the living room" then you gotta believe they'd understand.  Although, Reggie's living room must have more space now that Kim Kardiasian's big booty isn't taking up so much room there anymore. 

Or, maybe Reggie just wants to send it back before the DAC yanks it off the floor at the Club without any ceremony.  Then again, if they didn't pull O.J.'s, they probably won't pull his.

At least Bushs' statement indicated a sense of guilt or regret for what happened.  That is more than the Juice ever did. 

What is truly sad is that Bush could have stepped up and admitted what had happened and take it like a man before the axe fell on USC.  But no, he stonewalled for 4 years, got the big NFL contract, the Heisman and all the bling of a pro football career.  Meanwhile, his A.D. and coach who didn't know anything and didn't cooperate with the NCAA damn near cost a major university its athletic program and penalized a lot of young kids whose dream has been to play for glory for that school's colors.

As you can tell from my ID, I am no USC Trojan fan and it's no sweat off my back.  But, I empathized with college athletes, their parents and fans no matter what the School Song is.  None of us like cheating and nothing is lower than a cheater who can't quite come clean, can't quite admit that he knew exactly what he was doing and made no amends for it.  Reggie Bush extorted money from those corrupt backers, extorted victories by his ineligible play, and extorted the hope of his school's fans.

I have one question for Reggie Bush "if you could turn the clock back, what would you do different ?  Given the same circumstances, I wager you would do the same thing.  You are what you are Reggie.

But, you can put the trophy in a box and send it back.  That can be done today.  It wouldn't clear your name.  But, it would tell people you mean it when you say something like If I could give the Heisman Trophy back, I would.  If you don't mean it, don't say it.

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