Weird. The video in the link Heather posted is not what aired today. At least not the one I watched today at noon central and have on my dvr.
I'll take a stab at transcribing the segment that went out over the air.
Rob Stone does a brief intro on the situation then...
Rob Stone (RS): Brian as a former Fulham player, what do you make of this club vs player confrontation.
Brian McBride (BM): It's never good, I mean stuff like this when it becomes public, you never want to see that. You know, I got a chance to talk to Clint on Friday and it's not perfect, and he knows that. And I think, things are probably not as clear as everybody probably thinks they are. Um but, the relationship he has with Fulham, Fulham fans, he's cherished that. I know that. Fulham has loved having him be a part of the teams, and you can see why they still want to see him be part of the team, because he makes a huge difference. It's just whether or not both teams, er both people, can walk away and be happy.
Eric Winalda (EW): I'm not happy with Martin Jol. I think, I think that you saw him backtrack now from he refused to play to now, well refused to play is a little harsh, because that's not what he did, he didn't refuse to play. So the hard part for me right now is, ok olive branch or not, the player wants to go, and it's because he wants bigger and better things. There was an opportunity and maybe maybe I'm not saying Martin Jol is a liar but maybe at some point along the line Clint Dempsey felt like he's been misled and that, that's why he's upset.
Warren Barton (WB): From my point, it shouldn't come public. That's where you don't want your manager, you don't want your twits, just sort it out and get it done quickly for both parties in my opinion.
MB: The day, the day before the season starts, and whether that's to try and make sure they, they try to keep the team tight and everybody on the team know he's got their backs, but it's been going on for a lot longer than...that Friday. It's been a month.
EW: And I hope he didn't use that as motivation because that would be, managers do weird stuff, but I hope that wasn't part of the equation.
RS: Well it's interesting because Liverpool have been mentioned in relationship with Clint Dempsey, they couldn't score yesterday. Maybe Arsenal in the conversation because he wants to stay with a big club in the Champions League, they couldn't score. You have an Aguero injury with Manchester City (EW points at RS) they have depth bbut stilllllll....Roma, PSG.
BM (talking over EW): Wherever he is, he will do well. I don't care what you say.
WB: No, no
MB: (To Barton) Do you disagree?
WB: No, he's a good player, he's a good player.
MB: He's a determined person, he'll fit in anywhere he can, he adapts so easily.
WB: Brian, you know as well as I do, at big clubs you want good characters. And one thing with Clint is he has good character.
EW: You know what, yesterday, his former manager Stevie Nicols really backed him up saying there's no way he refused to play, he's too much of a pro for that. So I'm in that camp. The other thing about this is, that's been consistant was Champions League football. That's what kept coming up. If that really was the goal, maybe that's where he lands (doesn't mention a specific club in that thought).
RS and EW then have a very brief back and forth about how great that would be to see an American in Champions League football before segueing into the Fulham/Norwich highlights.
Easy enough to see why they re-shot it after re-watching and transcribing the aired piece. The segment in the video above is much cleaner and a little...safer? What aired had incomplete thoughts, a lot of ums and buts and stumbling...but they say some different things so I figured I'd transcribe it here. Couldn't find the video anywhere to link it.