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Pats wanted two apologies from Mankins

Posted on: September 12, 2010 12:39 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2010 12:40 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

An interesting story from ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter regarding Patriots G Logan Mankins and how close he was to reaching an agreement with New England. And it all blew up because, according to the story, the Patriots weren’t satisfied with just one apology. They wanted two.

From Schefter’s story:

About two weeks ago, Mankins and his agent Frank Bauer arrived at the Patriots training facility in Foxboro, Mass., with both sides intending and believing they would be able to hammer out a long-term deal similar to the seven-year, $56.7 million contract that Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans signed with New Orleans in the spring.

Shortly before the deal could be consummated, the Patriots asked Mankins to apologize to Patriots owner Robert Kraft for comments he made in June, questioning the New England owner’s integrity. Mankins did. He called Kraft, apologized and explained why he spoke out in the way he did. It was a nice conversation and it paved the way for Mankins’ long-term deal to be consummated.

Then, about 90 minutes later, just before finalizing the deal, the Patriots requested Mankins issue a public apology. Not only did Mankins refuse, but he became offended, according to sources. The optimism that had been built, the momentum that the talks had generated completed collapsed -- and even regressed.


If this is true, how petty does this make the Patriots look? I can understand a personal apology, but a second, public apology? To me, that’s absolutely ridiculous.

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Comments

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2010 8:28 am
 

Pats wanted two apologies from Mankins

Mankins should apologize in public - it is how he aired his views in the first place.  If he apologized to Kraft in private, why wouldn't he be willing to do it in public??  If someone admits they are wrong then they should be man enough to own up to it.

The Patriots organization has been nothing but class - Bob Kraft is probably the best owner in the NFL.  He treats players right, and runs it like a business.  To the IDIOT he can's say anything except F$ck them, you are the idiot.  Kraft has won championships and kept at the top of the league by being fiscally responsible in running his business.

long reign the Patriots




Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2010 12:51 am
 

Pats wanted two apologies from Mankins

Before you start saying they're kicking ass without him, maybe you should realize they've played one game.  That's it.  Wait for more games to be played before you decide whether he'll be missed or not



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2010 9:14 pm
 

Pats wanted two apologies from Mankins

NO, Fu&k YOU!



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2010 9:13 pm
 

Pats wanted two apologies from Mankins

I guess you missed how Brady had all day to pass the ball against a top flight team like the Bengals today.

Logan Mankins aired the dirty laundry in PUBLIC and as such should make a PUBLIC apology, end of story. Now he's sitting home and NE is kicking Arse WITHOUT him.

Now perhaps you should make a public apology for looking like the arse you are!



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2010 9:13 pm
 

Pats wanted two apologies from Mankins

Wow...wait a second... the Patriots disrespected their players?? You kidding me right?! LOL  So because they refuse to pay these OVER paid players more money, that is disrespecting them?  Puleaze... They're over paid and whinny.  Everyone is replaceable to a certain extent.  Tom Brady, for example, was paid too much.  I think ALL these football players are WAY to effin' over paid.  A million dollars should be enough...instead they complain and whine for wanting more money when us fans pay the price.  Ticket sales keep going up! 
Mankins should apologize in public.  He disrespected Kraft in public, so he should apologize to him in public.  Fits the crime.  Our O line is fine without him...see what i mean, he's replaceable. 



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2010 7:39 pm
 

Pats wanted two apologies from Mankins

As a Patriots fan I am completly disgusted. Logan has been very professional up to this season and had the right to lash at ownership. He is one of the best guards in the league and should be paid like it. Richard Seymour, Asante Samuel, and Lawyer Milloy are all players who the Patriots have disrespected and the trend contiunes. If Belichick and the other members of management continue the will suffer the consequences. You can't always penny pinching.



Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: September 12, 2010 7:24 pm
 

Pats wanted two apologies from Mankins

I say cuss to Mankins.  He is an asset now and should be traded for perhaps another player in a similar situation. Like the WR from San Diego.  Both are good players with maybe poor judgement for the market. It's too bad these guys all want to be the highest paid at their positions.  If the Patriots OL plays like they did against the Bengals today then Mankins may lose some of his steam.  



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: September 12, 2010 7:15 pm
 

Pats wanted two apologies from Mankins

Lied????  All I ever saw about it that he said was dead-on accurate.  Fu&k the Patriots.



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2010 6:32 pm
 

Pats wanted two apologies from Mankins

Arrogant Patriots brass? No, they want the punishment to fit the crime - Logan Mankins lied to the press, whined, complained and misled. Why shouldn't he man up and say it in public?

The only arrogance in this is on Mankin's side of the table - he believes that he should be able to not honor his contract, say whatever he wants to the press, and that it will not have consequences. He was wrong, but will not admit it. That is Arrogance.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2010 5:58 pm
 

Pats wanted two apologies from Mankins

HA!  I KNEW IT WASN'T ABOUT THE MONEY with Logan Mankins!   I knew it had something to do with the arrogant Patriots brass!  Even the arrogant Patriots fan thinks he should make a public apology.  Give me an effing break.  Something so petty is no reason to lose a player like Manksins especially after he called and apologized personally.  Kraft just proved to Mankins just proved that his comments were CORRECT!


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