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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Allen responds to Kubiak

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Our new favorite interview had some choice words Wednesday for Houston coach Gary Kubiak.

First, a bit of background: During a radio interview Monday, Kubiak criticized Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen for illegally hitting Texans quarterback Matt Schaub below the knee Sunday at the Metrodome. Allen was not penalized for the play, but Schaub sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee and could miss a month.

Wednesday, Allen said: "I don't care. I don't even know who the hell [Kubiak] is. So I don't care. I'm worried about what coach [Brad] Childress thinks of me and what my peers in this league think of me."

Television replays show Allen hitting Schaub below the knee and from behind, but Allen said it was neither intentional nor late. He said he spoke to Schaub after the game and was aware of no hard feelings.

"People can say what they want," Allen said. "I'm not a dirty player. My reputation speaks for itself. I talked to Schaub after the game. I said, 'Hey man, how is your knee?' We're competitors. He's got the ball in his hand. I'm trying to take down the quarterback. I wouldn't do anything intentionally to hurt people. If the coach wants to spout off that I'm a dirty player because they lost the game, well, whatever."