Here is the transcript from Thursday’s press conference for Lions head coach Matt Patricia:
I want to start first by thanking Mrs. Ford, her family, Rod, Bob and the team. They’ve been hugely supportive of me and I’m fortunate to be working for such amazing people and for an organization that has very strong values.
I’ve always been someone who respects and protects the rights of anyone who has been harassed or is the victim of violence, and we as an organization will continue to operate that way. In these times, we need to be even more sensitive and responsible in dealing with these issues, and separate right from wrong.
Thankfully, truth is on my side. I lived with the mental torture of a situation where facts could be completely ignored or misrepresented, with disregard for the consequence or pain it would create for another person.
There will be no further action by the league office. The team did not specify the reason for Brandon’s departure after more than 20 years with the team. The Buffalo News reported that Brandon resigned amid an internal investigation regarding workplace misconduct. While no discipline was imposed on Brandon or the Bills, other NFL teams may not be inclined to give Brandon a landing spot, given the current climate. He worked for two Major League Baseball teams — the Yankees and the Marlins — before joining the Bills in 1997.
He came in after Aroldis Chapman had a wild ninth inning, walking the bases loaded and throwing mostly 96 mph — far lower than his usual 100 mph heat. Boone later said Chapman’s problem was a broken nail.
The Yankees needed stability. They got it from Cole, who hadn’t pitched since April 28.
Cole walked the first two hitters he faced, clearly rusty. He settled down to strike out four total.
That’s a tough spot we put him in, manager Aaron Boone said. Like you said, he hasn’t been out there since Anaheim. So, to go out and walk the first two batters, it’s almost understandable. There just hasn’t been those spots for him. To be able to not flinch, stay poised, make pitches, went through a tough part of their lineup to really battle out of trouble and settled in and gave us a couple really good innings.