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Bush’s comments seen as sign he wants out

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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.

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49 Responses to “Bush’s comments seen as sign he wants out”
  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: May 10, 2011 12:43 PM

    “most veteran players aren’t going to mind being their own for an offseason.”

    aren’t going to mind being on their own you mean? Or some other word that might complete the sentence?

  2. nps6724 says: May 10, 2011 12:43 PM

    Rule #1 when reading Jeff Duncan: ignore anything he has to say about Reggie Bush. He’s never liked him from the beginning and routinely takes cheap shots and goes out of his way to make him look bad (whether warranted or not). Bush could save orphans from a burning building and Duncan would insinuate Bush started the fire.

  3. dwoofer says: May 10, 2011 12:43 PM

    On the other hand, it could be that his statement was directed to NFL ownership regarding the lockout. “No problem for the players, you dumb owners. All you are doing is losing money and giving us the summer off. We’re fine.” A solidarity type of statement.

  4. pacificamjr says: May 10, 2011 12:45 PM

    overpaid, overrated, and certainly not a locker room leader. when all is said and done Jahvid Best will have had a far better career!

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: May 10, 2011 12:49 PM

    He’s an 11 million dollar back up at this point. I’m sure they’ll try and trade him and no team will take him because he will refuse to restructure his contract.

    Good luck with that, Bush. Maybe once you get cut you can spend more time with Weezy living the rock star life you covet so much.

  6. dafixisin says: May 10, 2011 12:50 PM

    Bush is gonna bolt to the Bolts. Yes, I said it, pun intended. He can fill Darren Sproles’s little shoes.

  7. scra22 says: May 10, 2011 12:50 PM

    Reggie has never been a problem as far as complaining or whining during his time with New Orleans. I agree with Duncan’s assessment that Reggie has never evolved into a “leader” — but he was never a locker room problem either, and his teammates appeared to really like him.

    So I wish him the best whatever happens. I think some of Cole’s story rang false, but if Reggie and his agent think he is better off somewhere else, fine. Jeff Duncan wrote a great column a couple of weeks ago that perfectly said it – Reggie needs the Saints more than the Saints need Reggie. He’ll find that out soon enough, if he wants out so badly.

  8. Mike Tomlin says: May 10, 2011 12:51 PM

    Hes just not a starting RB. Maybe he can replace Mewelde Moore and Randle-El in Pittsburgh to clear up a roster spot.

  9. rolltide510 says: May 10, 2011 12:52 PM

    Bush has already said he’d take a pay cut, I don’t see why they wouldn’t bring him back. He hasn’t “lived up” to a draft slot he never should have been taken at in the first place, but he still makes solid contributions to their offense.

  10. jagmania65 says: May 10, 2011 12:52 PM

    Unless you’re scouting the Saints for the City of Toronto, you’re probably safe from arrest…

  11. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 10, 2011 12:53 PM

    Give him what he wants. Let him go. He will not make as much money elsewhere, be as popular, or be as succesful(not that he was in N.O.)
    By best advice Reggie is to go crawling back to Ms. Kardashian, cause she is more popular than you and is gonna keep making more money than you.

  12. BC says: May 10, 2011 12:55 PM

    Not #WINNING

  13. granadosm says: May 10, 2011 12:57 PM

    I don’t care what Sean Payton says, there is no way he is going to pay Bush 10+ mil this year as well as Ingram a 1st- round back. The RB position isn’t that valuable and no coach in the NFL is willing to pay that much for a backfied…and we all know there is no way Bush and his ego will take any sort of pay cut.

  14. nolarules says: May 10, 2011 12:59 PM

    Bush is nothing but a cry baby. He has never been a leader of this team (kind of hard to be a leader when you sit at least half the season and when you are healthy you wet the bed just thinking of running between the tackles) and never will be the leader of any other team. He is good for jersey sales. So Benson should certainly thank him for that.
    He is liable to get a couple of million from some sucker team that will get to enjoy him running backwards, fumbling, getting tackled by the slightest contact, all before finding himself hurt yet again

  15. brothaman1 says: May 10, 2011 1:00 PM

    I wish they’d restructure his contract and try to make him happy. He’s a one of a kind player and his value is unseen bc he draws safeties and speed linebackers out of plays. I’m a Saints fan and value him much more than Ingram.

  16. phreakin says: May 10, 2011 1:00 PM

    “This follows his comment after Mark Ingram was drafted — “It’s been fun New Orleans” ”

    We’ve already established that the comment had NOTHING to do with football and was posted after the Lakers ousted the Hornets in the playoffs.

  17. ccron500 says: May 10, 2011 1:02 PM

    And Dan Snyder says…”Welcome to D.C. Mr. Bush”

  18. chapnastier says: May 10, 2011 1:04 PM

    Has Reggie Bush earned “Bust” status yet?

  19. scra22 says: May 10, 2011 1:07 PM

    phreakin says:
    May 10, 2011 1:00 PM
    “This follows his comment after Mark Ingram was drafted — “It’s been fun New Orleans” ”

    We’ve already established that the comment had NOTHING to do with football and was posted after the Lakers ousted the Hornets in the playoffs.

    ====

    Who established this? Surely Bush has seen all of the stories about his tweet and would have clarified it by now, if it in fact had nothing to do with Ingram.

  20. trigdaddy says: May 10, 2011 1:12 PM

    While he will most likely never live up to his draft hype, I could see him being successful as a 3rd down back on other teams. (If he indeed does not end up playing for the Saints) If he can stay healthly I can’t see why not.

  21. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: May 10, 2011 1:15 PM

    So, the suffering incurred from “irreparable harm” is “Vacation, rest, relaxing.” Please, may I have some “irreparable harm”?

  22. saxmachine69 says: May 10, 2011 1:16 PM

    I can’t believe over a week later, the media is still spinning Bush’s comments into to something worth mentioning.

    IT WAS ABOUT A BASKETBALL GAME.

  23. nps6724 says: May 10, 2011 1:18 PM

    “chapnastier says: May 10, 2011 1:04 PM

    Has Reggie Bush earned “Bust” status yet?”

    What are the usual characteristics of a bust?

    1. Out of the league after a few years
    2. Being terrible in most, if not all, facets of the game

    2011 will be Bush’s 6th season. His career YPC is 4.0, he has 294 career receptions, and 4 PR TDs. And in the playoffs, his YPC is 5.2, his YPR is 11.4 and he’s scored 5 total TDs (2 rushing, 2 receiving, 1 PR) in 6 postseason games.

    Has his career been a disappointment? Yes. Has he lived up to the hype? Hell no! But a bust? No. Not anywhere close.

  24. tombradyswig says: May 10, 2011 1:19 PM

    Has Reggie Bush earned “Bust” status yet?

    I think YES!! Reggie Bust is his name!

  25. tommyf15 says: May 10, 2011 1:20 PM

    phreakin says:
    We’ve already established that the comment had NOTHING to do with football and was posted after the Lakers ousted the Hornets in the playoffs.

    Hey- let’s not allow facts and logic to stand in the way of player bashing.

  26. philtration says: May 10, 2011 1:21 PM

    Out of the NFL I hope.

    The more that I hear from the players the less I care about the lockout being lifted.

  27. saints25 says: May 10, 2011 1:21 PM

    Jeff Duncan hasn’t spoke to reggies agent!! Another Nola media member wanting to coach!! Hes always trying to start BS.With RB.. Hope you don’t buy into Duncan bull

  28. 52sackmachine says: May 10, 2011 1:22 PM

    Teams that could use his services, either as a running back, or special teams return man.

    1. Carolina
    2. Tampa Bay
    3. Miami
    4. Green Bay
    5. Denver
    6. St.Louis
    7. Washington
    8. Oakland
    9. San Diego
    10.Cleveland
    11. Buffalo
    12. San Fransisco
    13. Seattle
    14.Indianapolis
    15. Minnesota
    16. Dallas.

    Then again this guy could end up with the Patriots! Who often take vetrean running backs.

  29. nflguru12 says: May 10, 2011 1:28 PM

    With huge money due to Bush this year and the Saints not wanting to pay it, Bush wants to go back to the good old days when teams like USC honored its financial obligations. :)

  30. medtxpack says: May 10, 2011 1:29 PM

    could he help another team, surely. but start and be consistent and live up to his original Hype…..nope.

  31. kissbillsrings says: May 10, 2011 1:33 PM

    Bush should shut his yap,stop tweeting & HOPE the Saints will want him this year…he had better be very willing to restructure his contract & play for a winning team that uses him to the best of his abilities….always thought he was one of the most overhyped players coming out of college…hasn’t been much of a pro so far & I’m taliking on multiple levels….

  32. tommyf15 says: May 10, 2011 1:43 PM

    chapnastier says:
    May 10, 2011 1:04 PM
    Has Reggie Bush earned “Bust” status yet?

    He’s been a disappointment but not a bust.

    Guys like Matt Leinart, Tye Hill, Jason Allen, and John McCargo were busts. Bush has at least had a career.

  33. whatswiththehate says: May 10, 2011 1:44 PM

    Wow…Another week, another African-American words are spun into a negative story to bring on unnecessary attacks on him. Last week Mendelhall. Now this week it’s Reggie Bush turn. I see someone really misses the draft season. Can’t anyone of these athletes, especially the blacks, say something without you fools turning into a self-righeous rant and feeling you need to dictate what they shoould say and how they should behave?

    And the constantly ridiculous rational that is spun to justify your attack on everything and everything these NFL athletes do and say is beyond crazy. Man, I never realize how much those in the NFL sports media was hating on these athletes.

    Those who can do..Those who cannot sit and hide there jealousy behind self-righteous write-ups.

  34. chapnastier says: May 10, 2011 1:48 PM

    @ nps

    OK but if you use a formula like: Hype+Prodcution to get to your final answer of a bust status, and then figure out a way to factor in how much those stats have cost the Saints, it becomes an interesting debate.

  35. diehardsaintsfan says: May 10, 2011 1:54 PM

    Reggies tweets are not making the Who Dat Nation all warm and fuzzy inside……..everyone who has been a fan of this team knows that as quickly as you can become a hero in this town, you can become the Goat……It might be in his best interest to leave cause I cant see the Saints paying a DECOY 11+ Million a year especially a DECOY who doesnt want to bust his ass and get better. He is not as feared in the league as he was in the past….Everyone knows he is soft and will run out of bounds or backwards before taking any contact…and when he does take contact, he coughs up the ball…….Im sure defenses look forward to it when he is in the game cause the rest of us Who Dats hold our breathe! He has never lived up to the hype…..never will either.

  36. nps6724 says: May 10, 2011 1:58 PM

    “OK but if you use a formula like: Hype+Prodcution to get to your final answer of a bust status, and then figure out a way to factor in how much those stats have cost the Saints, it becomes an interesting debate.”

    Still wouldn’t make him a bust. Busts don’t stay with their original team for 5 seasons. They’re either cut or traded and either bounce around the league or are out entirely.

  37. chapnastier says: May 10, 2011 2:17 PM

    @ whatswiththehate

    I find your comments while combined with your name is the biggest oxymoron in the history of mankind. Black people, white people, orange people, yellow people, people with polka dots, horns, big feet, small hands… etc etc can be criticized for saying stupid stuff regardless of what groups people like you put them in.

  38. BlackAndGoldAllDay says: May 10, 2011 2:18 PM

    Reggie Bush is all about Reggie Bush. Doesn’t really matter what his stated intent may be. It’s always about himself and never about his team.

  39. ilovefoolsball says: May 10, 2011 2:27 PM

    chapnastier says: May 10, 2011 1:04 PM

    Has Reggie Bush earned “Bust” status yet?
    _______
    Considering he’s helped the Saints win a Superbowl I think the obvious answer here is “no”.

    If you disagree then please name another “bust” who led their team to a Superbowl.

  40. scra22 says: May 10, 2011 2:36 PM

    tommyf15 says:
    May 10, 2011 1:20 PM
    phreakin says:
    We’ve already established that the comment had NOTHING to do with football and was posted after the Lakers ousted the Hornets in the playoffs.

    Hey- let’s not allow facts and logic to stand in the way of player bashing.
    ==========

    I really didn’t know people still believed he was talking about the Hornets game. He would have clarified that by now. Just like he said “FYI people that tweet was a joke” about the lockout tweets, don’t you think he would have at least tweeted, “FYI, that tweet was about the Hornets” after all the responses he got and the media stories? I mean, at least some small clarification? His silence pretty much confirmed what he meant.

    Also, there were stories about how Drew Brees “reached out” to Reggie after seeing the Tweet, and Drew said he understood Reggie’s frustration. Nothing about the tweet being misunderstood.

  41. radrhatr says: May 10, 2011 2:45 PM

    Like it’s his choice whether he wants out or not. He’s out, but not because he wants it. NOBODY is going to pay Reggie Kardashian what he thinks he’s worth. He’s a glorified punt returner who was over-drafted and couldn’t hold Hester’s jockstrap.

  42. domeunit says: May 10, 2011 3:09 PM

    For being picked as high as he was, yes Reggie Bush is a bust. He hasn’t rushed for 1,000 yards once and he’s a running back. That’s not the only requirement, I’m just saying had he gone the way of Percy Harvin…playing slot WR and occasionally lining up in the backfield, we would probably have a much better career to look at.

    If you can’t run between the tackles you can’t be a successful RB in the NFL, period.

  43. cytofed says: May 10, 2011 3:10 PM

    This guy could be desean Jackson 2.0 if his next team play him at wr.
    Had saint switch him to full time wr desean Jackson would have been Reggie bush 2.0.

  44. bronco1st says: May 10, 2011 3:38 PM

    Bush league…

  45. southyank7 says: May 10, 2011 4:14 PM

    he’s a fraud & overrated….

  46. cantonbound13 says: May 10, 2011 4:35 PM

    He’s the next RB of the Miami Dolphins!

  47. thefiesty1 says: May 10, 2011 5:09 PM

    They all need to stay off Twitter. Keep your mouth shut and then do your talking on the field by your performance. He’s being paid way too much for what he’s done for the Saints or any other team if he’s released or traded.

  48. rajbais says: May 10, 2011 11:21 PM

    Or maybe it’s a sign that he’s disingenuous, but ESPN thought it was okay because he did great (however undeserving) Pepsi ads for network ad revenue!!!!!!!!!

  49. jbravo2312 says: May 11, 2011 12:54 AM

    U got to feel for Reggie, I mean he had the dream scenario for a RB, hes been paid top tier money as a “situational” back, I’d be upset to Reggie, now r gunna get paid for what r actualy worth, alot less right??? Tweet on Reggie, I hear ya!

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