Patriots Insider Apologizes For ‘Insensitive’ Take on Opt-Out Players

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Everyone has a moment when they say something they probably shouldn’t have, but fewer people have the integrity and humility to issue an apology once they have realized they were in error.

NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran offered an apology to the New England Patriots‘ Patrick Chung and Dont’a Hightower after he suggested the players might not have opted out of the 2020 NFL season if Tom Brady was still the team’s quarterback.


Tom Curran’s Initial Take on Patriots Opt-Out Players

Here is a look at the clip which took place on an episode of the Dan Patrick Show:

Chung, Hightower, Marcus Cannon, Brandon Bolden, Najee Toran and Dan Vitale all opted out of the upcoming season. Chung and Hightower both cited concerns for family amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A message to #PatsNation 🙏🏾✊🏾

A post shared by Donta Hightower (@_boomtower) on Jul 28, 2020 at 1:42pm PDT

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Family first. CBS interview in bio.

A post shared by Patrick Chung (@23patrickchung) on Jul 29, 2020 at 9:01am PDT

Cannon has officially spoken on the matter, but because he is a cancer survivor after a bout with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2011, there really isn’t a question as to why he made the choice to sit out.

None of the men ever mentioned football, teammates, or their chances of winning as being a part of their decision-making process. Thus, it was a little presumptuous and perhaps a bit insulting to suggest otherwise.

Patrick Chung Addresses Curran on Twitter

It appears Chung felt the same way as he addressed Curran on Twitter on Thursday.

Hightower was amongst several hundred people who liked the tweet above. I was personally critical of Curran’s take on Wednesday, and I tweeted the following after watching the clip.

To Curran’s credit, he apologized to both Chung and Hightower and responded to me on Twitter as well.

Curran is one of the most respected Patriots insiders, and quite frankly, after the way he handled this situation, that respect level should only go higher.


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