You had to know that it wouldn’t take long for the league to react to the senseless comments made by Redskins running back Clinton Portis, and on Tuesday, the reaction came all the way from the top. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell came out and gave his take on Portis’ comments, which included that he supported Falcons QB Michael Vick and that he didn’t feel he was doing anything wrong supporting dog fighting. Goodell says that Portis was out of line.
“I’m extremely disappointed and embarrassed for Clinton Portis,” Goodell said in a written statement following a one-day NFL owners’ meeting. “This does not reflect the sentiments of the Redskins, the NFL or NFL players.” Vick remains under investigation for his possible involvement in the alleged dogfighting operation in Virginia, which took place in a home that he owned, but he claimed that he didn’t live in, and that his cousin was living there.
Portis stated to WAVY-TV “I don’t know if he was fighting dogs or not, but it’s his property. It’s his dog. If that’s what he wants to do, do it.” He and offensive linemen Chris Samuels were doing the interview, and both throughout the interview giggled like high school girls just asked to the prom. Now that the backlash is coming hot and heavy against them, Samuels said they took the joke of the interview too far. “It’s very serious,” Samuels said. “We don’t agree with dogfighting.” Samuels knew the backlash was coming. As soon as the interview ended, “I said, ‘You know what? This might be a mess.’ ”
Things are already getting so bad for Portis and Samuels, that their team, the Redskins, went and put out a statement about the matter. “The Washington Redskins, as an organization, obviously would never condone anything related to animal cruelty,” the Redskins said in a statement. “The team takes the recent comments of Clinton Portis very seriously and apologizes to everyone that was offended.”
As we said earlier today here, it’s the usual case of pro players shooting their mouths without thinking. In this case, both men should have to answer for their downright out of line and stupid comments. For Samuels, the state of saying “sorry” has already started. For Portis, if he wants to save face, those comments he made to WAVY had better be backtracked sooner rather than later.