Garrett Johnson is FSU's Rhodes Scholar athlete and a guy we can all be proud of. But he didn't have to go to Oxford to learn a painful lesson about speaking to the media: Much like the Miranda Rights statement, anything you say can and will be used against you. And maybe some things you only imply.
See, it's the political season, and sportswriters are eager to keep up with their hard news colleagues. Can you blame 'em for asking questions the answers to which might ignite a media-frenzy?
Garrett was a victim of that zeal. And in a weak moment he was clueless -- unaware that a casual long distance chat with a cagey reporter might end up on page one back home.
Now Johnson is backpeddaling and Bianchi is sticking to his story. One guy has egg on his face and perhaps stirred up new problems for his school. The other is basking in the limelight of journalistic "Gotcha."
So, Garrett, in case you're reading this: If you have actual first-hand evidence (and can name names) of systematic wrong-doing that involves the upper echelons of FSU, speak up. If not, please just shut up.