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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Holmes’ Legal Strategy Effective?

Whether it’s a possible drug suspension or his on going assault case, Santonio Holmes continues to make headlines. Take a quick gander at the Post-Gazette’s home page and you’ll see that each day Holmes’ lawyer has fed the press a story.

Thursday the claim was that his client was innocent, Friday we learned that the authorities had been sent exonerating evidence, and Saturday and Sunday brought stories about a third party claiming on audio tape that he, and not Holmes, threw the drink at the woman.

Madness Behind the Method?

Holmes’ lawyer’s strategy seems clear: To win the battle in the court of public opinion. Each day he is feeding the press information that he hopes will lead the press to cast his client in a more favorable light.

This is understandable, but each successive wave of stories serves to remind the public that Holmes is involved in yet another off the field scuffle with the judiciary.

And those are not headlines that please Steelers President Art Rooney II, particularly when these stories run in tandem with stories about a possible drug suspension for Holmes....

News of Holmes Supposed Suspension Spreading, Slowly

It has been just under 24 hours since Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio ran a story claiming that multiple sources had indicated to him that Santonio Holmes was facing a four game suspension for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Thus far, neither the Post Gazette nor the Tribune Review are running stories about this, and neither is ESPN or CNN-SI. However, a quick Google search reveals that WPIX and KDKA have links on their websites relating to the story, although they appear to relate to Mike Florio’s story, and do not report any new news.

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