McCoy downplays don't-help-opponents-up gripe
Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy made comments on his radio show Wednesday, saying that unnamed Bucs coaches "got upset with me" for the sportsmanlike practice of helping opponents up after a play, but he followed up with comments Friday on Twitter saying not to paint his coaches as "bad people."
McCoy, asked on his weekly radio show (around the 36:00 mark) about having a mean streak during games, said he does not like to play angry, and offered the example of Bucs coaches responding to him helping opponents up off the ground after a play has been whistled dead:
"Everybody tells me I need to be more angry, more evil ... I had my d-line coaches get on to me the other day ... There's no way they're going to get on to me for this. They got upset with me because I helped somebody up. So what? I don't care. Kiss my butt. Listen, if I want to help somebody up, I'm going to help somebody up. Because right on the next play, I'm going to knock him down again. It doesn't matter ... That doesn't change how hard I play, as long as in between the whistles I'm not helping anybody up, it doesn't matter. So what if I help them off the ground?"
McCoy's comments were initially posted on JoeBucsFan.com, which then was picked up by other blogs, enough so that McCoy felt the need to address the matter on Twitter, even though his own words seemed fairly clear.
"Whoa! I never said I was yelled at or even ridiculed for helping people up. And I didn't name names. Don't misquote me or make up non sense!" McCoy tweeted Friday morning, just minutes before practice started. "I was giving an example of the type of guy I am bc somebody said I wasn't mean enough. ... Don't make my coaches out to be bad people. Bc they're not!! They look out for me the most. So kill the non sense please!!"
Bucs coach Greg Schiano, asked if he has a policy on his players helping opponents up after plays, said he learned from his six years under Joe Paterno at Penn State, and he personally likes the sportsmanship of helping someone up, but he has no set policy for his team and allows players to do as they please.