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Marinelli Refuses to Refute Favre Report

Rod Marinelli's lips are moving, but he isn't saying anything.

See how I used all of those ‘R’ words in the headline? Some people call that alliteration.

From the “What more evidence do you need?” file comes the fact that Detroit coach Rod Marinelli refused to deny that Brett Favre shared detailed information about the Packers’ offense with him and Lions’ coaches prior to the teams’ week two meeting.

The Wisconsin State Journal’s Jason Wilde, who has been tracking the story since Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer broke it, detailed Marinelli’s response to the issue in a story late Monday night.

Marinelli, who was asked about the report following the Lions’ 28-21 loss to Houston on Sunday and declined comment, was asked about it again by Detroit-area reporters during his Monday day-after-game news conference and again did not deny the report, opting to stand by his no comment.

Asked why he wouldn’t comment if the story wasn’t true, Marinelli replied, “I would just say no comment, and I’ll leave it at that.”

The last “no comment” sells it for me. If the incident didn’t happen, there’s simply no reason for Marinelli not to come out and say just that.

I know some of you crazies out there will side with Favre until he personally calls you on your cell phone and tells you that, “Yes, [insert your name here], I, Brett Favre did indeed divulge proprietary information about the Packers’ offense to the Detroit Lions.”

Well, you are idiots. It’s time to face facts that Brett sold the Packers out, and frankly, if you want to choose Brett over the Packers, then you can move to New Jersey and give me your season tickets.

In addition to Marinelli’s silence on the matter, Glazer was on the Dan Patrick Show this morning, where he again stood behind his story – “1,000,000%” as he said. I respect Glazer, and I realize that some of you have no idea who he is, but his track record speaks for itself. Glazer was also responsible for breaking the story that the 49ers fired coach Mike Nolan.

As one of the contributors to Patrick’s show said this morning, “I’ll believe Glazer until he’s wrong, and he hasn’t been wrong yet.”

Former Packers great LeRoy Butler was interviewed by 1250 AM in Milwaukee on Monday, where the story got more intriguing.

“There are some other stories that are going to come out, that are brewing,” Butler said. “Get ready guys. This is just the beginning. This is the smallest one.”

What exactly that meant wasn’t explained, but during the show, Butler mentioned several times that it wasn’t worth it for Brett to speak on the subject of his duplicity. It seemed to me that Butler was subtly telling Brett to shut his mouth before he got into more trouble, which is good advice in this situation.

So, for those of you who have questioned my judgment in light of yesterday’s post where I proclaimed Brett Favre dead to me, and are standing by your man, I’ll say this. If it turns out that I am wrong about this, and Glazer is proven to be a phony and his sterling reputation as a reporter is ruined, I will be man enough to admit my folly.

Will you be man enough to admit it if you’re wrong?

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Favre-4-ever October 21, 2008

    This would never have happened if the Packers had been more open and fair with Favre. They have only themselves to blame.

  2. Matt October 21, 2008

    if your moving to new jersey you might as well send some of those season tickets my way as well :P

    and to all of you who think Brett is more important than the Packers need to move, seriously.

  3. wslc October 21, 2008

    What is open and fair exactly? Crown him GM, hire Mariucci as head coach for life? Short of that, anything they would have done would be perceived as unfair in Brett’s eyes. Plenty of players have been genuinely screwed by teams in the past, but they didn’t set out to sabotage their former employers. If he has a grudge with thompson, fine. But why should the fans have to deal with this?

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