NY Mets General Manager, Sandy Alderson said he had “absolutely no recollection” of any conversation in which Tony La Russa, then as manager in Oakland, approached him, as the team’s GM, with suspicions that some of their players were using steroids, as La Russa said in a published report last weekend.
“I spent a lot of time thinking about those kinds of circumstances over the years, particularly eight or nine years ago,” Alderson said. “I have absolutely no recollection whatsoever of any such conversation.”
The need for emphasis is what weakens his denial.
"I spent a lot of time thinking..." is truthful. It is when he moves to the present tense that the statement has sensitivity indicators.
What would a truthful denial sound like?
"I don't recall speaking about..."
Alderson's job utilizes negotiations, which presupposes the withholding of information. His language often shows deception, via withholding information. It is expected. Here, however, he was responding to a specific conversation; one of great importance and although 'common sense' (if it still exists) says, "he knows!" but it is in the Statement Analysis principle following that we are able to show, within his own language, that he is deceptive about not remembering.
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