The attorney who gave Jim Tressel a heads up about two of his players selling memorabilia now wishes he hadn’t.
Attorney Christopher Cicero told an ESPN reporter Friday that he regrets sending Ohio State coach Jim Tressel e-mails that alerted him to Buckeyes players selling some of their gear and awards.
When asked how Tressel should have handled the situation, Cicero said: “The heck with Coach Tressel. If I had to do it all over again at the end of the day, I never would have sent him the email.”
Why? Because he didn’t realize then that Tressel would sit on the information and fail to disclose to school officials that he had it.
… Cicero said when he asked Tressel to keep the e-mails confidential, he meant that he would not go to the media or the public, not that Tressel couldn’t inform the school or launch his own investigation.
“I wanted him to know that the kids had been hanging out with a person who was the subject of a federal investigation,” Cicero said when asked why he told Tressel about the players’ relationship with Eddie Rife, the owner of the tattoo parlor. “As a result of that, I also heard that they had been exchanging memorabilia with this particular person. And I outlined that in the e-mail. I threw it out there, quite frankly, it was just to tell him [Tressel] that that’s what it was.”
Just another ringing endorsement of Tressel’s character… the man wasn’t going to risk losing his star quarterback to start the 2010 season by telling anybody.