Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Antrel doesn't want apology
By Matt Ehalt
Cris Collinsworth is willing to apologize, but Antrel Rolle doesn't care.
The NBC announcer had critical words for Rolle and the Giants' secondary after watching them have breakdowns and yield huge plays against Dallas on Dec. 11, even saying that Rolle has been "barbecued" on a big play.
On Wednesday, Collinsworth told the New York Daily News that he would be willing to apologize to Rolle for his comments as long as he could be shown that he was incorrect in his statements.
The Giants' safety is not in the mood, though, to dissect tape with Collinsworth.
"I don't care what he thinks. I don't need his apology. His apology means nothing to me and neither was I looking for an apology," Rolle said Wednesday. "I made my statement, I stand by my statement, my statement is very, very accurate and that's three weeks ago and it doesn't matter at this point. We moved on from that and it is what it is."
In the Giants' 37-34 win over the Cowboys, the secondary had some huge lapses, including a 50-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant that did not have a Giants' defender within 10 yards of the wide-open Bryant. Collinsworth said that Rolle was "barbequed" on the play and Collinsworth also called the Giants' coverage amateurish.
A few days later, Rolle lit into announcers without naming Collinsworth specifically, saying they should not call out players without knowing all the details. The safety would go on to say he was in the right spot -- but so did cornerback Corey Webster, the only other defensive back on that side of the field on Bryant's long touchdown.
"There is no one without any sin on our defense and there are going to be times where I do mess up and where I have messed up," Rolle said at the time. "But unless you know what you are saying, then don't say it."
Collinsworth told the Daily News that if he had to call that play over, he would not have said that Rolle got barbequed, but instead that the team had been. He also told the paper he had a hard time believing that both players were in the right spot.
"OK, so the fact that somebody was wide open 40 yards down the field and there were two defensive backs on that side, they were both right?" Collinsworth told the paper. "Well, then clearly I must be wrong. I must be out of my mind."
He added: "Believe me, if I'm dead flat-out wrong, if it ends up Antrel was right and he was completely blame-free on the play, and I will say that. But the answer can't be [that] everybody's right. I'm not putting that on TV."