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Roddy White apologizes to Todd Haley


Falcons receiver Roddy White made some waves on Sunday night with a tweet about Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

“Todd Haley problem is he really thinks that coaches win games not players when he realizes he doesn’t win games than he will be fine,” White wrote.

It was an odd choice by White for a couple of reasons. One was that he’s never played for Haley, so couldn’t testify firsthand as to his coaching style and the other is that it is as circular an argument as you can find. Players do win games with their play, but they are on the field because of decisions made by the coaches who also call the plays that the players execute. You can’t win without strong performances in both areas so it is hard to make an iron-clad argument for which is most important.

White either realized that or he realized that it’s not the best professional etiquette to call out coaches who might be looking for wide receivers at some point because Thursday brought a change of tune. White was back on Twitter to offer an apology to Haley.

“I want to apologize to Todd Haley for my comments way out of line by me. He just wants the best for his players. From a good source he is really a good coach,” White wrote.

White’s never been shy about sharing his thoughts via Twitter, whether about concussions, Joe Paterno or coaches from other teams. If you’re going to be that way and find yourself in a position where you need to apologize, far better to do it like this instead of just deleting a tweet and pretending it never happened.

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28 Responses to “Roddy White apologizes to Todd Haley”
  1. vbe2 says: Aug 23, 2012 4:59 PM

    Future NFL player contracts need to forbid players from having Twitter accounts between July and Febtuary.

  2. ravenatorsmommy says: Aug 23, 2012 5:00 PM

    My sonny boy Nate, you know him as Ravenator, will make an intelligent response to this. I hope you folks don’t pick on him like all the other kids in the neighborhood do. He is special needs, after all. You probably knew that though.

  3. seattlerogueburner says: Aug 23, 2012 5:00 PM

    Or, you know, he could apologize in person or on the phone like an adult instead of posting it online like a teenager so everyone can see that you’re a “good person”. I really can’t stand twitter for what it has done to the sporting world.

  4. jeffv504 says: Aug 23, 2012 5:01 PM

    “Players win games.”

    Not players that lead the league in drops, Droppy White.

  5. richc111 says: Aug 23, 2012 5:12 PM

    Maybe he is on to something. Think of all the money the team could save if they got rid of the coaching staffs! Then they could take that money and give it to the players. Yes, he is on to something big here. Note to self Call Goodell in the morning with new idea

  6. bobhk says: Aug 23, 2012 5:23 PM

    Twitter is not good for immature people who’ll say one thing and then retract it (perhaps because someone slapped their wrist).

  7. blackngold4life says: Aug 23, 2012 5:23 PM

    Why did White single out Haley in the 1st place?

  8. stevedco says: Aug 23, 2012 5:29 PM

    Larry Fitzgerald calld White and set him staight

  9. infectorman says: Aug 23, 2012 5:37 PM

    Like I said on the last story about this buffoon.

  10. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Aug 23, 2012 5:39 PM

    One too many hits to the head…

  11. dunkindan says: Aug 23, 2012 5:41 PM

    Practice? we talking about Practice? Practice?

  12. noquickreactionshere says: Aug 23, 2012 5:44 PM

    “Todd Haley problem is he really thinks that coaches win games not players when he realizes he doesn’t win games than he will be fine,” White wrote.


    It’s annoying enough when people try to type than and write then….. mixing them up in the other direction takes a whole new level of stupid….. thanks Roddy you gave me a good laugh today

  13. profootballwalk says: Aug 23, 2012 5:52 PM

    What’s that – I just spit in your face? I apologize, I never should have done it, and I’ll never do it again.

    What a good boy I am.

  14. 2ruefan says: Aug 23, 2012 5:55 PM

    Maybe it’s would just be “better” if certain athletes just stayed off of Social Networks altogether. Then they would not be needing to apologize for some grammatically butchered, incomprehensible, idiotic statement…

  15. usmutts says: Aug 23, 2012 6:03 PM

    Real men don’t tweet

  16. kleppnasty says: Aug 23, 2012 6:05 PM

    I guess Roddy didn’t pay attention to the 9ers 2010 vs 9ers 2011. Or Falcons pre Smith vs Falcons post Smith. It takes both, but I’d bet on a great coach with decent players over a decent coach with great players.

  17. wjmoffatt says: Aug 23, 2012 6:21 PM

    ah WRs talking smack, football is here

  18. neauxgeaux44 says: Aug 23, 2012 6:25 PM

    Ghetto, redneck white is a typical FAILCANT player – no class, clueless and delusional…then the faux apology….what a joke…roddy – your trailer in nowhere,al is ready for your retirement after Lofton lights you up this year…fact….

  19. sixjak says: Aug 23, 2012 6:41 PM

    If that were entirely true the Singletary would still be head coach of the 9ers. True you need talent to play but that talent needs a game plan and direction.

  20. gammynomnom says: Aug 23, 2012 6:52 PM

    I remember a couple of years ago when he sais Alex Smith doesn’t belong in the NFL.

    He may or may not be correct, but he’s not losing playoff games for the team Roddy drops for, so why run your pie hole?

  21. Patriot42 says: Aug 23, 2012 6:53 PM

    Haley wasn’t that well liked in KC by the players.

  22. gizzmonic says: Aug 23, 2012 6:53 PM

    this guy better hope for a few hits to the head so he can retire on a lawsuit

  23. wtfchiefs says: Aug 23, 2012 7:27 PM

    I cannot understand what most of these guys are trying to type on twitter.

  24. wittenspleen says: Aug 23, 2012 7:30 PM

    Normally I would agree that it’s a “circle argument” that you need both great players and coaches….then I started thinking about my favorite team….

    Well, one word….Barry Switzer….

    If that doesn’t blow that entire “great players need great coaches & vice-versa” then I don’t know what will…

  25. raiderapologist says: Aug 23, 2012 8:04 PM

    twitter is lame, but it’s deadly for people that aren’t real smart.

  26. gerard33 says: Aug 23, 2012 11:31 PM

    D-Bo the source

  27. footballalldayeveryday says: Aug 23, 2012 11:40 PM

    jeffv504 | Aug 23, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    “Droppy White”



  28. vincentbojackson says: Aug 24, 2012 12:49 AM

    Can’t help but respect a guy that’s man enough to step up and own it when he says something foolish.

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