But he's innocent, or so he says. He even convinced Mike Shanahan it was self defense by telling him he's willing to take a polygraph test, and subsequently passing.
The result? According to ESPN.com:
"If he flunked the test, he would not be with us," Shanahan said. "He wanted to take the test. He said, 'Coach, if I flunk it, I won't be on this football team. If I do pass it, I'll be on this team.' I said, 'Hey, that's fair enough for me.'Mike Shanahan, you've been duped. Anyone can pass a lie detector test. Dumbass.
"Anybody that wants to go in there and take a lie-detector test where his career is based on whether it comes out positive or negative, I've got a good feeling" that he defended himself in the fight, Shanahan said.
- The consensus view among scientists is that polygraph testing has no scientific basis
- The Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment (the erstwhile DoD Polygraph Institute) suppressed a study suggesting that innocent blacks are more likely to fail the polygraph than innocent whites
- The National Academy of Sciences concluded that "[polygraph testing's] accuracy in distinguishing actual or potential security violators from innocent test takers is insufficient to justify reliance on its use in employee security screening in federal agencies"
- Spies Ignatz Theodor Griebl, Karel Frantisek Koecher, Jiri Pasovsky, Larry Wu-tai Chin, Aldrich Hazen Ames, Ana Belen Montes, and Leandro Aragoncillo all passed the polygraph?
- One of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history passed the polygraph and killed again
- You don't have to be a psychopath, go to spy school, or somehow believe your own lies to fool the polygraph
And why in the hell wouldn't Kircus give it a shot? If he's found guilty in a court of law, he'll lose his job. If he fails the polygraph,, he'll lose his job. If he manages to get a successful test, he supposedly keeps his job either way, and may even score some points in public opinion.
I thought Shanahan was smarter than that.