Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Pollard not attending Ravens' festivities
By Jamison Hensley
Former Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard says he's not sour about getting released by the Super Bowl champions. Well, I would hate to see him when he was holding a grudge.
Pollard told 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore that he isn't going to attend the Ravens' ring ceremony and White House visit next month because he's on a family vacation.
"I got to sit this one out, man," said Pollard, who has since signed with the Tennessee Titans. "If I didn’t have a vacation, I wouldn’t come in anyway. That's just the type of player I am.”
Why is Pollard so against coming back to celebrate?
"At the end of the day, I know what happened, I know what took place," Pollard said. "I’m sorry, I just don’t want to be in the room with certain people.”
Pollard said he doesn't have a problem with his teammates. He went out of his way to praise general manager Ozzie Newsome ("Ozzie is amazing," Pollard said). The insinuation is Pollard is upset with John Harbaugh even though he never mentioned the Ravens coach by name.
There's been speculation that the Ravens cut Pollard over an incident in October, when Pollard and other teammates spoke out about Harbaugh's decision to practice in full pads.
"We were just asked our opinion about something," Pollard said. "And we let the coach know our opinion. We were asked, the floor was open. And we responded, and let the coaches know how we felt, and that’s how it has to be as a football team. We can’t walk around on eggshells.”
Ravens officials have privately said the reason they parted ways with Pollard was because they could find a better safety at a cheaper price (first-round draft pick Matt Elam). The Ravens will gain an additional $2 million in cap room in a couple of weeks because Pollard was designated as a June 1 cut.
Pollard acknowledged that he was "stunned a little bit" when he was cut by the Ravens on March 13.
Asked if he was given a reason for his release, Pollard said, "It's one of those things where you don't know. I don't understand. To be perfectly honest with you, I don't really care."
Judging by Pollard's strong feelings toward not showing up for the Ravens' festivities, it sounds like Pollard really does care.