Bucs' Austin Seferian-Jenkins apologizes: 'I won't let it happen again'
Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was sent off early from practice last week and then traded insults with fans online, apologized for both Tuesday, saying he needs to hold himself up to a high standard set for the Bucs on and off the practice field.
"It's a learning process. I'm ready today and excited to get back to work and get this behind me ... I won't let it happen again," Seferian-Jenkins said, speaking to reporters after a morning walkthrough on the opening day of the team's three-day mandatory minicamp.
Seferian-Jenkins said he had talked to head coach Dirk Koetter hours after practice ended and he understands what is expected of him at practice. As for interaction with Bucs fans on Twitter throughout Thursday, he said that too is something he needs to apologize for.
"It was a lapse of judgment," Seferian-Jenkins said. "Obviously it was not a good day. I was sent off the field. I was frustrated. I can't take it out on the fans. That's not fair to them at all. All they want is a winner, all they want is me to be successful, all they want me to be is great. They just want me to get ready and I respect that. For any of the fans I offended, I'm sorry. I can't wait to get to work and be the best tight end I can be for you guys."