Penn takes to Twitter to set record straight on his weight
Donald Penn is in excellent physical condition at 330-pounds and wants anyone who thinks otherwise to know they’re wrong.
The Bucs left tackle took to Twitter during Memorial Day weekend after taking exception to something written in a fan website, PewterReport.com, that alleged Penn might be on the hot seat in 2013 because the Bucs have tired of him failing to meet weight clauses in 2012.
Mark Cook, the Editor in Chief at Pewter Report, wrote "Penn loves playing for the Buccaneers and is one of those locker room guys that coaches love to have, but also has an occasional lazy streak and has failed to meet most of the weight clauses in his most recent contract...which also drives management crazy.
The item first appeared on Profootballtalk.com, where Penn directed his first tweet.
"330 right now in the best shape I been in a long time stop reporting bull(expletive) I made all my weigh in last yr n this yr,'' Penn tweeted.
Then later he said, “I still shut down the best DEs in the game n ball out every Sunday I gave up 4 sacks all yr last season get yo (expletive) right.''
Upon learning the item orginated from Cook's blog on Pewter Report, Penn tweeted, "Keep reporting bull (expletive) on me n see the next time I do a interview wit u yo (expletive) is lies get the facts 1st Cook b4 u say (expletive).''
PewterReport.com later updated the story: "PewterReport.com has learned on Monday that Penn did in fact meet his weight clauses for the 2012 season, although prior to 2012 Penn failed to meet some of the stipulations of weight in his contract, costing him of bonus money.''
Penn struggled to stay at 330-pounds or below at times during the 2011 season, former Bucs coaches told the Tampa Bay Times, and had a rough last month of that season. But since coach Greg Schiano arrived, he has worked hard to stay in shape and has been one of the league's better left tackles. In fact, he was the only member of the Bucs offensive line to start all 16 games in 2012 at the same position.