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Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Fred Taylor rumor not true

Rumors are swirling this morning about Jaguars running back Fred Taylor being arrested for DUI and resisting arrest after Sunday's win over San Diego.

I spoke to him this morning (he was at the Jaguars facilities for treatment) and these rumors don't appear to be true. Not one to be overly emotional, Taylor was clearly upset about the mere mention of his name associated with this type of rumor.

He called the situation "disrespectful". Perhaps he's correct. What's amazing is how quickly these things grow wings and take flight. By the time I spoke with Taylor, he'd already caught wind of everything. It's rare to see Taylor down in the dumps. But he expressed quite a bit of disappointment concerning the latest gossip.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody must have circulated this on the inside to mess with people's heads. I honestly have heard nothing.

Was it on a cellphone or a message list?

Unless there's a citizen to step forward to contradict Fred's word, I'd note the source and think twice the next time.

November 20, 2007 at 6:59 AM  
Blogger Michael C. Wright said...

There wasn't a "source" per se.

It was something that got back to someone and eventually got back to me (I can't really divulge how this started). But when these types of rumors get started, we typically have to drop everything we're doing at the time to check up on them. So there's a lot of things we end up "checking up on" that are never reported because there's no validity to them.

It gets frustrating because it adds to the workload and it's especially frustrating when going into it, you already think there's no truth to the rumor. I'm sure it was more frustrating from Taylor's standpoint because I wasn't the only person in the media checking on this.

November 20, 2007 at 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was Cato June with the Buccaneers that got stopped for DUI.

November 20, 2007 at 10:01 AM  

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