Agents, Carolina Panthers Issue Statements Regarding Mallett 'Partying' Report

by Chris Bahn  on Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2011 2:46 pm  

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Ryan Mallett did cancel meetings with the Carolina Panthers on April 9. But, his agents said, there is no truth to an Internet report that the former Arkansas quarterback cancelled because he’d been out on the town partying the night before.

Mallett was suffering from “flu-like symptoms” and was unable to attend meetings with the team. Pro Football Talk has an email from Panthers’ officials backing up that story.

Here’s the statement from Mallett representatives JR Carroll and David Dunn in its entirey:

There is absolutely no truth to the unfounded and irresponsible report that Ryan skipped his visit with the Carolina Panthers on April 9 because he was too sick after a late night out on the town the previous night.

Rather, Ryan had dinner with club officials from the Panthers on the evening of April 8 and then returned to his hotel that evening along with Julio Jones. Ryan and Julio were together the entire time that evening until Ryan and Julio turned in for the night around 10:00- 10:30 pm. Upon returning to his hotel room, Ryan became ill and was up most of the night and into the morning with flu-like symptoms. Keep in mind that this was Ryan’s fourth team visit in the previous week and that Ryan had crisscrossed the country with stops in Cincinnati, Fayetteville, Seattle, Fayetteville again and Minneapolis before Charlotte. Nevertheless, Ryan met with Panthers representatives on the morning of April 9 as scheduled and informed the club at that time that he was extremely sick.

Carolina officials decided to send Ryan back to his hotel room for some medicine and additional rest in hopes that they could meet with Ryan later that morning. Ryan did as instructed and contacted Panther officials later that morning to resume his meetings with club officials. However, given that Ryan was still sick, Carolina officials decided to cancel the remainder of Ryan’s visit with the team.

Panthers officials released a statement to Pro Football Talk. Here’s the team statement:

“Ryan Mallett came for a visit to Charlotte two weeks ago. He had dinner with our coaches the evening he arrived and came down from his hotel room for a scheduled breakfast meeting the following morning upon which time he informed a staff member that he had been sick all night with nausea. We told Ryan that if he was ill to remain in his room as long as the nausea existed. We took him to the airport later that afternoon for his scheduled flight.”

National Football Post reported the “partying” story citing a source. The same outlet reported last week that Nick Fairley had blown off a meeting with the Dolphins, even though he had not blown off a meeting with the Dolphins.

True or not, the Mallett story is out there. As I wrote last week these stories could wind up costing him millions of dollars.



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