Here is the press conference from this morning:[url=http://www.ticats.ca/media-centre/index.php?site=ham&playclip=236]http://www.ticats.ca/media-centre/index ... ayclip=236[/url]
This thread is meant as a compliment to the 'Apology Thread' for those fans like me that after viewing the conference now forgive Charlie et al. Fans like myself that felt burned should watch the video, I've changed my opinion on the situation becasue of it and I bet I'm not the only one.
Paraphrasing Charlie, he said the following at the start of the press conference:
"... I told him as a friend... out of respect ... I agreed that I would listen to what he had to say"
"this started out as a conversation between two long term friends"
OK now THIS makes sense a whole lot of sense. He gets an amazing offer from an old friend out of the blue. Charlie didn't want to burn his old friend and disrespect him, so he said he would entertain the idea not knowing it would get out beyond the two of them. The idea was very appealing to someone in his position and family situation, so he entertained it with his family. The media got ahold of it very prematuraly before it got to a serious phase and ran with it.
I found him to be very straight forward and honest, he has mostly redeemed himself in my opinion. I still don't think he should have entertained the idea while under contract and that he should have just said 'No' and ended things quickly. But by speaking up and facing questions, he could at least give us enough context "straight from the horse's mouth" to help us realize that he's not a jerk (i.e. he was primarily concerned about his family and what's best for them). And he finally apologized to the fans during the press conference for any offence caused by the debacle, which is something I was really looking for since it shows accountability on his part.
I forgive you Charlie, it's all good, now let's get on with the football! Anyone else who agrees feel free to sign in below. :thup: