Head Coach Mike Shanahan closed his Tuesday afternoon, post-practice media briefing by updating the situation around David Kircus.
“To address the situation that we had last week: We talked about David Kircus, and we talked about the scenario that existed with him. David came to me and said, ‘Hey, Coach, I guarantee you that I did not take the first swing. I defended myself. I probably used poor judgment being in the wrong place at the wrong time.’ I said, ‘Well, David, I’ll give you a chance to take a lie-detector test,’ and he wanted to do that, and he passed it with flying colors, so he will be on our football team.”
ON THE TIMETABLE OF THE TEST:
“Friday at 10 o’clock. Obviously it was somebody that does it for a living — an FBI agent — who (administered) it. They’re experienced in that area. He gave us the results. They asked the tough questions — did you defend yourself, did you take the first swing, or who took the first swing. There were three or four questions that were asked different ways, and according to the person who took it, it was 100 percent.”
ON WHETHER IT WAS REASSURING THAT KIRCUS PASSED:
“Well, if not, he wouldn’t be with us. If he flunked the test, he would not be with us. He wanted to take the test. He said, ‘Coach, if I flunk it, I won’t be on this football team. If I do pass it, I’ll be on this team.’ I said, ‘Hey, that’s fair enough for me.’ Anybody that wants to go in there and take a lie detector test where his career is based on whether it comes out positive or negative, I’ve got a good feeling.”
ON WHETHER HE’S CONDUCTED THE TEST BEFORE:
“Yeah, I’ve done it a number of times, and every time it’s — I had a couple of situations in college where something was missing and we had an idea of who was involved. It’s been very good for us over the years — at least my experience with it.”
ANYONE EVER FLUNK?
“Oh, yeah. They weren’t with us (after the test).”
More to come later, including notes and photos from the on-field work and some thoughts from left tackle Matt Lepsis, who discussed his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament with reporters this afternoon.