From Herb Zurkowsky:
Following Friday’s game (Kavis) Reed, the Als’ special teams co-ordinator and an assistant head coach, presented (Jim) Popp with the game ball, announcing to the players Popp had coached with a heavy heart. Reed didn’t provide details, although one of Popp’s sons was involved in an automobile accident last week.
“I just can’t in any way, as I recount the statement, fathom how someone could extrapolate that he wasn’t returning. I’m just dumbfounded,? Reed said. “Nothing has ever been said about him not returning — or intimated to me. That’s what’s perplexing about this whole story. I was trying to do something nice. I was trying to be supportive of the head coach. I never stopped to think that it would be misconstrued.
“When a person loses their integrity, they have nothing left. I would never lie to you,? Reed continued, with emphasis. “I might say I have no comment, but I would never lie to you.?
Two players contacted by the Montreal Gazette have confirmed Reed’s version; nothing was said about Popp not returning.
Reed’s comments notwithstanding, Als players found the timing of the presentation curious at best, coming following a defeat.
“A weird game-ball presentation that leads me to believe Popp won’t be back after the bye week,? said one. Texted another: “A lot of the guys were speculating afterward it was more of a set up for them to say Jim’s going to stay in N.C. for a little and continue his duties as GM from there and Kavis will take over as head coach for the rest of the year.?
Also, one of Popp’s family members travelled to the game, stood outside the dressing room and filmed his post-game scrum on her phone.
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