Antrel Rolle joined the New York Giants this season after playing his previous four in sunny Arizona. And from the sound of it, he’s still adjusting to big city life–and a bigger fanbase–after lashing out in the press about the fans at the Meadowlands.
In an attempt to defend ripping Giants fans Tuesday for booing the team, Rolle said: “They want to make it that guys paid this much money for a ticket. Yeah, I understand that, I understand completely. We risk ourselves out there on the field each and every day also. When soldiers come home from Iraq you don’t boo them. I look at it the same way. I take my job seriously.”
Sounds like you take it a little too seriously. But Rolle would eventually come correct, yo.
Later, in a statement released by the team, Rolle said: “I used a very poor, inappropriate example earlier today to demonstrate how seriously I take my job. Obviously there is no comparison between the men and women of our military putting their life on the line defending our country and what I do.
“They risk their lives and that gives me the opportunity to play a game for a living. After I made my earlier comments, somebody even said to me: how would your father, who is the chief of police in Homestead (Fla.) and puts himself at risk every day, feel about the comparison you made? Again, it was a very poor, very inappropriate choice of words.”
Rolle would have loved the way American soldiers were treated upon their return from Vietnam. Actually, he probably wouldn’t, because his ass most likely would have been drafted. Just keep counting your money, Antrel. That’s what those people voicing their disapproval are putting in your pocket.