I’ve been asked to analyze the recent press conferences of Michigan State University basketball coach, Tom Izzo for deception.
After reviewing a couple of the videos when Tom Izzo is questioned about alleged sexual assaults involving members of the university’s basketball team, this will be one of the shortest analysis I’ve done to date.
It’s Abundantly Clear He is Withholding Information
He repeatedly says that he has, and will continue to, cooperate with any investigation. He continually repeats that he is not going to say anything further than the statement he already made.
Whether that is at the advice of counsel or his own personal choosing to speak only with investigators, and not the media, he is sticking true to his statement that he’ll talk with the proper authorities, not the court of public opinion.
Absence of Evidence is Not Evidence
There may have been wrong-doing or a cover-up. That’s certainly possible. There may not have been. But for me, or anyone else, to speculate or infer does nothing to uncover the actual truth.
One of the reasons using content statement analysis is so reliable to uncover deceit is because there is no interpretation. Only the actual words stated are used. There are no conclusions to draw.
What is True
What is true is that Tom Izzo has publicly stated he’s not going to respond to reporter questions on anything other basketball. He seems to be sticking true to that statement.
Stay tuned; this is an ongoing investigation.
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As Managing Director of Concealed Statements, and author of Drive Thru Deception, I work with men and women who want to increase their deception awareness to avoid wasting time or money and avoid making poor decisions based on inaccurate information.