AFC North: USC Trojans
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Several days after bashing Ohio State fans on a Los Angeles radio station, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer had a statement to make.
On Tuesday Palmer apologized for his remarks last week when he said he "cannot stand the Buckeyes" and that their fans drive him "absolutely nuts." Ohio State will play Palmer's alma mater, USC, in a big game on Sept. 13.
Ironically, many of Palmer's loyal supporters in Cincinnati also are hard-core Ohio State fans, and when word began to spread of the interview this week locals became angry.
So Palmer released this public statement today, courtesy of the Bengals' public relations department:
"I'm a Trojan all the way, and I was talking to a Trojan audience in California. I guess I got a little fired up, as all good fans will do. But I really do respect the Buckeyes, and I know their fans are passionate, too. I hope they all understand I'm just looking forward to a big game for my school against a very tough opponent, and that it's all in the good fun of a rivalry. You don't have a real rivalry unless both sides are great teams."