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Bryant McKinnie wants to “shut everybody up” about his weight

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There might be eyebrows raised in Baltimore over Bryant McKinnie’s conditioning, but the veteran offensive tackle said he wanted to make sure everyone knows he’ll be ready by the time training camp starts.

“I’m going to show up at the weight I’m supposed to be and handle my business and get everybody off my back,” McKinnie told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. “I want to get this work done, come in at the right weight and shut everybody up. I’m only nine pounds away.

“I’m getting in shape. I’m lower now in my weight than any time last year. I think people got the wrong idea about why I wasn’t out there last week.”

Weight’s been an issue in recent years with the talented blocker, who ate his way out of Minnesota last summer, getting up to a reported 387 pounds.

But the Ravens paid him a $500,000 roster bonus in March when he pledged to general manager Ozzie Newsome that he’d participate in the offseason program and get in shape. Since then, he’s down to 354 pounds, and they want him at 345. That’s why he was held out of last week’s minicamp.

According to Wilson, McKinnie blamed late-night meals while “supervising recording sessions for his music label” for the weight gain.

“For people to say I had a weight issue my whole career, that’s just wrong,” McKinnie said. “That happened one year and that was after the lockout. I’ve still got bitter Vikings fans tweeting me. I feel like that’s uncalled for. It’s not like I’ve struggled with my weight every year. When I was with the Vikings, I didn’t let anybody beat me out.

“They just awarded it to somebody and then you saw they went and drafted somebody this year in the first round, [USC All-American offensive tackle Matt Kalil]. I feel like the Vikings fans are just bitter. They obviously follow me on Twitter, so I’m starting to believe that.”

McKinnie will spend the next six weeks in South Florida working out, in hpoes of dropping those nine remaining pounds.

He’s obviously motivated to prove some people wrong, and if he can get himself conditioned, the Ravens could benefit from him being the right kind of hungry.

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13 Responses to “Bryant McKinnie wants to “shut everybody up” about his weight”
  1. txxxchief says: Jun 20, 2012 8:30 AM

    Perhaps Bryant could stuff his critics’ mouths full of chicken wings to shut them up, the same thing he does to prepare for the upcoming season.

  2. momsasaynt says: Jun 20, 2012 8:58 AM

    If he spends 6 weeks working out that will be the 1st time in his NFL career that he has done so. Anyone can look at the 2009 season and see how frickin out of shape he was. That he got a pro bowl nod and squandered it, enough said.

  3. squared80 says: Jun 20, 2012 9:11 AM

    Oh… so 10 years into his career he suddenly decides he’s not going to be a lazy, overweight underachieving player with an attitude problem? Whatever, man. You are what you are.

  4. Steeler's Will says: Jun 20, 2012 9:11 AM

    He’s 9 lbs. over his target weight, true, but he’s also 33 lbs. under last season’s playing weight, and he performed to expectations IIRC. Don’t forget that he is 6’8″ tall as well.

  5. fwippel says: Jun 20, 2012 9:41 AM

    He could sit on them…that would shut them up for good.

  6. johanneschimpo says: Jun 20, 2012 9:54 AM

    He’s fat.

  7. ravenator says: Jun 20, 2012 10:06 AM

    Cue the imposter…

    I believe McKennie gets his act together by training camp. Heck, he needs to if he wants to get out of debt

  8. conormacleod says: Jun 20, 2012 10:18 AM

    Twitter. Vikings fans. Music studio. Lock out. Loan that he can’t pay back. Is football even in the top ten of things on his mind?

  9. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 20, 2012 11:38 AM

    I don’t care how fat he is, he never lived up to expectations because he never tried. His weight problem is symptomatic of his laziness.

  10. mediasloppy says: Jun 20, 2012 12:54 PM

    Only this guy would take 6 weeks to lose 9 pounds.

    What I would suspect from the Captain of the Love-Boat…

  11. burghman says: Jun 20, 2012 4:50 PM

    Only way he loses 9 more lbs is if he misplaces his snackbox…

  12. randallflagg52 says: Jun 20, 2012 8:46 PM

    Guy played pretty well last year despite weighing more than he does now. Any weight loss is going to be an improvement.

  13. ravenat0r says: Jun 21, 2012 12:30 PM

    I expect Mckennie to be the best thing this town has seen since sliced bread. Not only will we sweep the division but were going to win the whole thing this year. I refuse to believe we are only a field goal away team every year. But then again… we may be.

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