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This episode wasn't made public until the Hollywood Citizen-News printed a version three weeks later. Last week Durslag reported it in full: "Here was a juicy scandal. It is, however, a point of ethics in this business that one doesn't take advantage of owners, coaches or players who have been drinking, no more than a gentleman takes advantage of a lady who has passed out."
The day after he was fired Allen held an emotional press conference in the Sheraton-West Hotel, the same hotel where three years before he had been greeted by Reeves, who hailed him as the Rams' savior. Allen was drawn from lack of sleep and red-eyed from crying.
"I want to read this," he said, taking a sheet of paper from the pocket of his brown suede jacket. "It's written in red. Every man is said to have his prejudice and ambitions. Whether it is true or not, I have no other greater than to receive the approval of my players. I hope I have been worthy of their esteem and confidence. If there is such a thing as love between a coach and his players, that exists between me and my players. I truly hate to leave the Rams."
His players' feeling for Allen was manifested when six starters—Deacon Jones, Roman Gabriel, Charlie Cowan, Lamar Lundy, Jack Pardee and Meador—vowed at the press conference that they would quit or retire if Allen wasn't rehired. It was Lundy who best summed up the players' position: "Our whole point," he said, "is that Dan Reeves has the right to make this decision, but why couldn't it all have been resolved by sitting down with George Allen?"
Indeed, Allen said he had asked Reeves if they could meet to talk things over, and that he would "bear his pride" and return to the Rams if Reeves would rehire him, but Reeves said his decision was final, although he was willing to meet with a players' delegation. At week's end a citizens' committee was formed for the purpose of getting Allen reinstated, but this seems to have as much likelihood of success as the scheme of a fan who picketed the Sheraton-West. "Send Dan Reeves to the moon," read the sign on his son's stroller.
The Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins have reportedly inquired about signing Allen, but he affects disinterest. As he said at his extraordinary press conference, "My only concern are these guys, the Los Angeles Rams, and three years of blood, sweat and tears." The tears, at least, were literal, and when he finished speaking, he put on a pair of sunglasses to conceal them.
"George Allen is a great coach and a fine family man," was all that Reeves had to say. "It is probably more my fault than his."