Pearl: 'We've got weapons'
Posted on: January 5, 2010 9:03 am
You could tell how much the arrest of four Tennessee basketball players is wearing on Bruce Pearl during Monday's press conference in which he addressed the Vols' upcoming game with Charlotte. Pearl looked tired and stressed, just as you'd expect. But what stood out to me was the somber tone, particularly from a man who's usually upbeat and ready to joke about anything and everything.
The best moment came when Pearl was talking about how UT will obviously miss Tyler Smith, Cameron Tatum, Brian Williams and Melvin Goins, all of whom were arrested Friday on drug and weapons charges and subsequently suspended from the team. Pearl was lamenting about how short-handed he'll be Wednesday against Charlotte, and then he said, "But we've got weapons. We still have got weapons."
(Click this link to check it out. It's around the 50-second mark.)
Quickly, Pearl caught his unfortunate choice of words and stopped.
But rather than laugh or joke, he just shook his head and apologized.
And that's the best indication that the chest-painting coach is having a rough week.