Updated Sep 24, 2011 - 10:55 am
Pro Football Weekly publisher explains decision to remove Seahawks video
Pete Carroll and John Schneider have been working together since January 2010. (AP Photo/File)
By Liz Mathews
On Friday morning, Pro Football Weekly released a video entitled "Squabble in Seattle," reporting a potential rift in the Seattle Seahawks' front office.
"What we are hearing out of the great Northwest is that the marriage of convenience between Seahawks President and Director of Football Operations and head coach Pete Carroll and his general manager John Schneider, could be on rocky ground," Hub Arkush, publisher of the site, said in the video.
"As a matter of fact," Arkush said, "Carroll is very unhappy with a lot of the moves that Schneider has made this past offseason."
The video was removed from the website on Friday afternoon.
Carroll was asked to comment at the beginning of his Friday post-practice press conference.
"There was some report or something that John (Schneider) and I don't get along or something and I think that's extraordinarily irresponsible," Carroll said early Friday afternoon. "It's inaccurate, it's lazy and I wouldn't believe a word they said. That's so far from the truth. John and I are as close as it can get. I've never been any closer to anybody I've ever worked with. Every decision we make, we make together, so they don't even understand. I don't know who those guys were or where they came from, but they're dead wrong."
"They know nothing," Carroll continued. "They never talk to us. They've never seen us. They know nothing about what we're all about. But it does show that the media can say whatever they want to say. That's what just happened. Those guys said whatever they wanted to say and they have no backing and no truth. They never talked to us or anything. It was really weak,"
710 ESPN Seattle spoke with Arkush Friday evening.
"We had a number of sources," Arkush said of the decision to remove the video. "It obviously struck a nerve with them. I think they made a much bigger deal out of it than they should have. At any rate, they wanted to talk, and we talked. They assured me that the report was inaccurate."
Arkush said that he spoke to both Carroll and Schneider around 4 p.m. PT, and that the conversation lasted approximately 10-15 minutes.
"They did not ask us to take down the video at all," Arkush said. "I decided that if it is their position that the report is not accurate, there is no point in rubbing salt in the wound, and I took the video down."
Arkush said the removal of the video was not a retraction of the report.
"After we got off the phone, I thought about it and I figured if that's the way they feel there is no point in leaving the video up," Arkush explained. "We believe the reporting was a perfect job of reporting. If you are asking me whether or not I think they were lying to me? No I don't think they were lying to me."
At the time of this report, the video has not been reposted on the Pro Football Weekly website.
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On Friday morning, profootballweekly.com released a video entitled "Squabble in Seattle," reporting a potential rift in the Seattle Seahawks' front office. The video was removed from the website on Friday afternoon. The publisher has now said the removal of the video was not a retraction of the report.
Contact Liz at lmathews@espnseattle .com and follow her on Twitter @Liz_Mathews