Hobson shills for TO, and TO wallows in it:
TO gets it right on this one. A little modesty goes a long way:GH: What are you? Since you've been down here you seem smart, entertaining, accessible. That doesn't seem to be the majority picture.
TO: Exactly. I think majority rules. That doesn't mean the majority is right. When you have the forum and the voice like some of these major networks and outlets, and they get on TV and bash my character and say all these negative things and, of course, that's what the fans and the audience listens to. They take whatever they say to be true. It's hard to dispel that. I've tried to defend myself when nobody else will. ...
TO can't quite say the right thing here. He starts to, then backtracks:GH: But you took it to the next level and marketed it.
TO: I don't know if I took it to the next level. I do appreciate the fans. I can only attribute it to their passion for me for things I've done on the football field. I've always played the game at a high level. I've tried to play to the best of my abilities. ...
TO makes an inadvertent (?) slam on two teammates:GH: Do you regret that stuff (the exile from Philly)?
TO: No I don't. I probably could have done some things differently. I guess had I been more mature there would have been a better way to go about some things. Maybe not being so vocal. As far as my stance, my situation and things that were said from where I stood, I wasn't at fault. ...
TO doesn't exactly make his agent look good:GH: The first week, it seems like a good match. There are a lot of guys on this team, Adam Jones, Cedric Benson, who were basically painted one way in their first couple of stops. They've come here and seem completely different. Maybe they were always like that. But they were portrayed differently. Does that give you a little bit of a boost here?
TO: I could care less. They can say I'm this way or that way all you want. All I know is go dig up a rap sheet on me and when you find it, come find me. That's what I say.
http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/I ... 3c9e667f7dGH: People are saying you're going to be a malcontent if you can't get it. [Incentive for 100 catches.]
TO: I know that's an unreachable goal. It is what it is. Malcontent? Check my statistics. I've had 100 catches one time in my career. One. So go figure.
I'm not fixated about any individual comment. What I think is interesting is the overall way he handles the questions. Kind of iffy, and it doesn't make you confident that he won't make a big gaff during the season.