The president of the NFL Players Association apologized on Friday for comparing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to a bad bartender working Spring Break.
“Hey, even the worst bartender at Spring Break does pretty well,” NFLPA President Eric Winston told CSN’s Tom Curran when asked to evaluate Goodell’s 2014 performance on Friday after the league’s annual “State of the NFL” speech. Winston added, “Think about it, a 2-year-old could [be NFL Commissioner] and still make money.”
Winston, an offensive tackle on the Cincinatti Bengals who was elected to lead the NFLPA last March, took to Twitter after Curran used the remark in his Friday column and accused the reporter of taking his comment “out of context” and using it to “burn” him.
“I am disappointed that my comment was taken out of context and inserted into a column without any knowledge that the conversation was ‘on the record.’ I am disappointed that this reporter chose to burn me, but this is an important lesson that I will learn going forward,” Winston wrote.
While condemning Curran, Winston also doled out an apology to Goodell.
“In a casual conversation … about the success of the NFL and how nothing seems to get in its way, I inappropriately and flippantly made a remark about the job of Commissioner Goodell. We often disagree on the issues but I want to apologize to Roger for being unprofessional,” Winston wrote. “This is my fault and again, I apologize.”
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