Nick should have tried a different approach when dealing with this situation. Back in 1985, RB Herschel Walker announced to the media that he was *not* leaving the University of Georgia early, and that he'd be back for his junior year.
A week or so later, a story broke that he had signed a contract with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL.
He was asked about it by the same media and he said "I would have told you, but the words got caught in my throat."
It was a beautiful moment that was repeated timed and again, most notably by Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live. And it all somehow worked out, because at least he was personable.