When Redskins WR Santana Moss was linked to the federal investigation of Dr. Anthony Galea, it immediately thrust the team and coach Mike Shanahan into the position of answering questions about the situation.
You can read our full report of the Santana story here, but as for Shanahan, he spoke with reporters at a luncheon for the first time Thursday since the story broke. In an unenviable position, Shanahan is taking a “wait-and-see approach” (literally, he used the phrase seven times during a four-minute video posted on the team’s official site) and dismissed that the situation is a distraction.
“Well, there are a lot of distractions that happen during the season and happen in the offseason. You just have to wait for the facts and see what’s going on,” Shanahan said. “I’ve been in this league for 25 years, I’ve had so many of these things happen. There’s no substance to it. I’m just going to have to wait and see. Sometimes there is substance to it. We’ll wait and see what happened and let the chips fall where they may.”
Shanahan added he hasn’t been contacted by the league, and although he hadn’t spoken with Moss, he would “at the right time.”
“I think we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. Let’s just wait,” Shanahan said. “I don’t know anything about it, just what I’ve read. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Shanahan did, however, indicate that he made an effort to find out more.
“I’ve talked to a couple of people whose names have been associated with this person [Dr. Galea] before, and there’s been a lot of things that have happened, a lot of people whose names have been associated; there’s been no repercussions. So we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves right now,” Shanahan said.