Osi Umenyiora was the only player who failed to appear for his media responsibilities this morning, then set a new NFL record for the fastest fine, when he was docked $20,000 less than two hours later.
Now Umenyiora has offered an apology, blaming the whole thing on a scheduling mix-up.
“I misunderstood the schedule,” Umenyiora said. “It won’t happen again, and I will be at tomorrow’s media session and available after the game. I apologize for any inconvenience my absence this morning may have caused.”
It’s hard to understand how Umenyiora could misunderstand the schedule: The schedule called for the entire team to go to the same place at the same time this morning, and Umenyiora was the only one who misunderstood. Something tells me that it wasn’t so much a matter of misunderstanding as a matter of oversleeping.