Our first reaction to Reggie Bush’s comments on enjoying the lockout: Duh. Irreparable harm aside, most veteran players aren’t going to mind being their own for an offseason.
Other players may share Bush’s views, but that doesn’t mean his words won’t make an impact.
The NFL could try to use the comments against the players in court documents, like they have previously with statements by Ray Lewis and Wes Welker.
In New Orleans — where I’ve been hiding out for the last week trying not to get arrested — Bush’s words are being seen as the latest sign he doesn’t really want to be a member of the Saints.
While almost 40 of his teammates are working out in the New Orleans sun, Bush is tweeting about appearances. This follows his comment after Mark Ingram was drafted — “It’s been fun New Orleans” — and an article on Yahoo that said Bush was likely to leave the team.
“If you think the ‘Bush, Saints Expected to Part Ways’ story did not come directly from Bush’s agent Joel Segal then you’re either hopelessly naive or hopelessly in denial,” Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune wrote Tuesday.
Duncan points out that Bush has always wanted to be seen as a leader, but “time and time again, Bush has failed to live up to the requirements of the job.”
Sean Payton has a soft spot for Bush, just like he did for Jeremy Shockey. At this point, it would be quite a surprise if Bush didn’t join Shockey as an ex-Saint this year.