The answer? Maybe not just the Fantasia music video, but certainly it played a big part.â†µ
Oh, sorry, I forgot to mention the video that Devin Thomas recorded with rapper Fantasia this summer. Here it is.
Anyway, in an exclusive interview with the web site Carolina Growl, Thomas says that he thinks that music video -- or, more generally, his offseason activities -- was what caused Mike Shanahan to cut him. A couple people have called BS (well, not that strong) on Thomas' statements, including Pro Football Talk (in a sneering tone) and National Football Post's Matt Bowen (in a respected tone). Their argument is that Thomas simply didn't produce, and that's what caused him to be cut.â†µ
Now, I'm the same guy who postulated that the issue was Thomas is that he just wasn't that good. Still, I find it hard to believe that the music video didn't make a difference. I mean, consider what Mike Shanahan himself said after Thomas got cut.â†µ
â†µâ†µ"I sat down and talked to Devin many times and told him what he needed to do to be a pro football player," Shanahan said, "both on and off of the football field. And if he does do that, both on and off of the football field, he'll have a chance to play in the National Football League. But until he does that -- he's got the talent. He sure does. But he's going to have to commit to being a pro."â†µ
Maybe it's a misdirection play, but it sure sounds like he's directly calling out his off-field activities.