Shanahan says Kircus is far from the first player to take a lie detector under his direction.
"I've done it a number of times," he said. "It's been very good for us over the years -- at least my experience with it.
But unlike Kircus, there were those who failed the examination. Shanahan didn't name any names, but their fate was clear.
"They weren't with us (after the test)," he said.
Pro Football Talk thinks the players' union should have a problem with a coach making players take lie detectors, and I agree. From the Department of Labor's Employee Polygraph Protection Act page:
Employers generally may not require or request any employee or job applicant to take a lie detector test, or discharge, discipline, or discriminate against an employee or job applicant for refusing to take a test or for exercising other rights under the Act.Although there are certain exceptions, the NFL union ought to be more vigilant about things like this, and Shanahan ought to find a better way of determining whether he has honest players on his team.
Previously at FanHouse:
David Kircus: 'You Don't Know What I'm Capable Of'
Where Is All the Media Outrage on the David Kircus Story?
Broncos Receiver David Kircus Investigated in Assault
David Kircus Charged With Felony; If He's Guilty, He's Gone