Tom Bradley’s agent/attorney Brett Senior has issued the following statement, in response to the McQueary deposition:
At no time did Tom Bradley ever witness any inappropriate behavior. Nor did he have any knowledge of alleged incidents in the 80’s and 90’s. He has consistently testified as such. Any assertions to the contrary are false. When he became aware of the 2001 incident it had already been reported to the University administration years earlier.
That’s the most that’s been said about it by Bradley (or, in this case, his representatives) since he became a candidate for the UCLA defensive coordinator job early last year.
I’ll say this: the statement is unequivocal.
You may believe it. You may not.
In all likelihood, we will never know all the details.
Personally, I’d prefer to see Coach Bradley call a press conference to answer all questions, rather than simply issuing a statement through his agent/attorney.
At least in a press conference, you can see someone’s body language as well as have questions answered, neither of which are obtained when a statement is issued.
The tendency here is to jump to the assumption that either McQueary or Bradley are lying.
It’s also easy to jump to the conclusion that Bradley is lying to save his job. I caution you against making that assumption because in other parts of the depo McQueary’s memory isn’t exactly the best.
Q. And to the best of your recollection, what did you talk about with Coach Bradley?
A. Frankly, at some point in time, I discussed, briefly, what I had seen. And some — I’m sure — I can’t discuss — I mean I can’t — not discuss, I can’t remember every single time Tom and I talked about Sandusky. I mean, we lived together, the whole nine yards. So, you know, I’m sure we talked about several things —
Q. When —
A. — but I can’t —
Q. I’m sorry.
A. — can’t remember everything.
That’s not exactly a great recollection of events. McQueary was clearly having a hard time putting a timeline on things and that makes his recollections much more questionable than is being reported.
In other words, we are no closer to knowing things today than we were before today.
It will be interesting to see if Jim Mora gets asked about this on Friday at Pac-12 Media Days.