Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Updated: August 10, 1:54 PM ET
Maurice Jones-Drew talks Jay Cutler
By Michael C. Wright
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew levied criticism at Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler months ago for sitting out the second half of the NFC Championship Game after sustaining a sprained MCL.
Weeks after, Jones-Drew clarified his comments, but never apologized for them. In a recent NFL Network interview, now posted on ProFootballTalk.com, the running back said there's no plans for an apology, adding that he doesn't "regret anything I do."
"I knew what I was doing when I tweeted it," Jones-Drew said. "I just didn't know that many people were following me at the time."
Jones-Drew said he hasn't apologized to Cutler personally, and won't because he felt there was nothing wrong in sharing his opinion on the matter.
"I wouldn't apologize because I didn't do anything wrong, I don't think. I didn't commit a crime," Jones-Drew said. "I didn't kill anyone or rape anyone or anything like that. I mean, I stated my opinion, and it seems like you get more backlash for that than committing a real crime in some sense. I feel like I didn't do anything wrong. I just said what everybody else was thinking."
Jones-Drew definitely wasn't the only current NFL player to state his opinion on Cutler's injury, yet he seemed to receive the most backlash in the aftermath of that game.
Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.