One thing about Scott Rothstein is that people who know -- or knew -- him best will tell you that he lies as naturally as he breathes (especially his good friends, whom he ripped off for millions of dollars).
Keep that in mind when you read what he told the Miami Herald on his cell phone Sunday. Here's the extent of it:
``I am sitting here smoking cigars with Marc. Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. I'm doing pretty good. I'm doing really good. Marc is a great lawyer, a great friend. We will speak when the time is right.''
His lawyer, Marc Nurik, also got into the act, saying:
"All this nonsense that he is somehow hanging out with the government -- he is free. I don't know where all this stuff is coming from. I have him hidden. I'm not going to tell anybody where, including the government. I don't know where people are coming up with this stuff. I have been discussing his case with the government as any defense counsel would under
these circumstances. I have been in contact with the government. My client is at an undisclosed location of my choosing, and he is talking to no one but me. He hasn't even met with his family."
Even in the brief time they had on the phone with the Herald, Rothstein and Nurik couldn't get their stories straight -- Nurik said they hadn't really been smoking cigars because he didn't want anyone to think they were having a good time.
I'm going to let Rothstein and Nurik have their day, but I'm going to tell you to take it with a grain of salt. Funny how he had the time to talk on a Sunday, isn't it?