Brian Burns says an apology would be nice, but Mac Jones declines to apologize

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Panthers defensive end Brian Burns wants Patriots quarterback Mac Jones to apologize for grabbing and twisting Burns’ ankle on Sunday, but Jones won’t do it.

Burns said today that he thinks Jones ought to say he’s sorry.

“It would be nice to have an apology,” Burns said. “Mac, it would be nice to have an apology. But it’s not gonna happen.”

Burns was proven right shortly after that when a reporter relayed Burns’ comments to Jones, and Jones declined to apologize.

“I already addressed that situation. I’m just looking forward to playing in this game with the guys we have on our team this week, so we’re already kind of moving forward,” Jones said.

Burns said he’s not concerning himself about whether the NFL fines Jones, but he is wishing good luck to other defensive ends who face Jones this season.

“However the NFL handles it is on them. I would just like to play them again. And I wish all my fellow D-end brothers happy hunting.”

51 responses to “Brian Burns says an apology would be nice, but Mac Jones declines to apologize

  1. He was just holding one leg, and then swept the other leg like Bellichick sensei taught him to.

  2. At this point, Burns just needs to hush.
    Jones addressed it and if he thought Burns really had the ball, then this issue is mute. It’s football, good grief, move on. An apology would be admitting you were wrong. Move on Sally.

  3. Tough guy doesn’t apologize because he probably won’t play against the guy again in his career.

    This is like in baseball when Pedro used to bean hitters because he didn’t have to ever go to bat himself.

  4. Too bad. Whether he had nothing to apologize for or not, Burns thinks he does, so why not?

    Apologies cost nothing, yet they can have a transformative effect on all involved.

  5. Maybe if Burns apologizes to the two Patriots RBs that he headshot and knocked out of the game without penalties, that probably won’t be able to play this week due to the concussions he caused, then Mac might apologize for holding Burns foot.

  6. An apology for doing football things while playing in a football game? Come on man.

  7. Mac should give an apology to the big tough DE or at least give him some flowers. That what I give my girl when I accidentally make her cry.

  8. It’s one thing to to ask him to apologize but he basically told defensive ends to take him out. Burns is classless.

  9. Other Defensive players and coaches around the league know exactly how to respond. An apology doesn’t cost a damned thing.

  10. A DE asking a QB for an apology. What is football coming to? Even as someone who thinks tough-guy culture is mostly BS, I find that embarrassing.

  11. When DE start apologizing for their rough tactics on Qbs, maybe then he could expect apology.

  12. No rule was broken, and there was no intent to injure. There was no flag.

    If you want an exemplary intent to injure, watch Aaron Donald throw runners and QBs to the ground.

  13. Didn’t see any of the game but when I read this it reminds me of Vontaze Burfict. wonder how many people would be mad about a LB doing this vs a QB.

  14. Burn’s 2nd contract will be with the Bill therefore he’ll have 2 opportunities a year to get his revenge…

  15. The Pat’s had been targeting the knees of the Jets players when they played them. Truly a classless team under Belecheck. As if cheating wasn’t enough, they now try to injure other players

  16. Unbelievable! Burns can’t be serious, especially after what he did to Harris, knocking him out cold. That was deliberate helmet to helmet. As for Burns comments, in today’s environment, it is just about the same as putting a bounty on someone’s head. The league will not even issue a fine against Jones, it will just be considered a missed holding penalty. The league should consider a fine against Burns for his comments. Going forward, defensive players may have in the back of their heads that if they get a shot at Jones, the microscope is going to be put on them, because of Burns comments. A new nickname should be stuck on Burns for his crying. He should be named for a character from the movie Goldfinger. Brian “P Galore” Burns.

  17. Burns has a career as a comedian if he wants it. It’s a natural gift when you’re being serious and people still laugh.

  18. As a QB you’d figure that Mac would’ve just apologized and moved on. Now he’s put a target on his own back, as a rookie that’s not a good look. Do I think Mac was intentionally trying to hurt the guy? No. But I do believe he was trying to do whatever he could to stop an opposing player from picking up the ball. It was not a football move and he should have a small fine levied against him. Can’t have dudes out there just grabbing ankles when things don’t go their way. If Rodgers had done this all hell would break loose.

  19. Someone get this man some tissues. I’d fine him for insinuating that other people should harm another player. As someone stated above, his legs seemed to work later in the game to injure a Pats player. Maybe he should look in the mirror or recognize that this is football and you are whining because you got an ouchie from a QB.

  20. It used to be that the players would resolve this themselves on the field.

    Now it seems that everyone wants their 15 minutes and need for the world to know how their whittle ankle was nearly twisted off. By the QB yet.

    How embarrassing to even admit such a thing.

  21. I’ve been watching the NFL for half a century and can’t recall ever seeing a defensive player complain for days and days like this about something a QB did to him. Sunday night or Monday morning you might make a comment if asked but this continual whining is not a good look. Burns should be 100% focused on the next game right now, not the previous one.

  22. This clown should have played 30 years ago when someone tried to rip your limps off on every play.
    I don’t believe Jones was being dirty. He was trying to hang onto the player he thought had the ball.

  23. Imagine being a defensive player in this league who is so charminy soft that he wants the meanie QB to apologize. 😂😂😂

  24. swampthaaang says:
    November 10, 2021 at 9:51 pm
    The Pat’s had been targeting the knees of the Jets players when they played them. Truly a classless team under Belecheck. As if cheating wasn’t enough, they now try to injure other players

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    No team (let alone the Pats) need to target the knees of Jets players to beat them. Usually showing up is enough. LOL

  25. lowlyfinfan88 says:
    November 10, 2021 at 10:47 pm
    As a QB you’d figure that Mac would’ve just apologized and moved on. Now he’s put a target on his own back, as a rookie that’s not a good look. Do I think Mac was intentionally trying to hurt the guy? No. But I do believe he was trying to do whatever he could to stop an opposing player from picking up the ball. It was not a football move and he should have a small fine levied against him. Can’t have dudes out there just grabbing ankles when things don’t go their way. If Rodgers had done this all hell would break loose.

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    So an apology isn’t enough but a small fine would make the injury acceptable? LOL ok.

    What’s more laughable is the notion it wasn’t a football move despite “trying to do whatever he could to stop an opposing player from picking up the ball.” In essence the acceptable solution is to entertain restraint on a live ball after getting rocked? Which of course is universally common among all fumbles, right? When there is a pile of 8+ bodies in the scrum fighting for the live ball they are certainly showing restraint. 🙂

  26. What’s more laughable is the notion it wasn’t a football move despite “trying to do whatever he could to stop an opposing player from picking up the ball.” In essence the acceptable solution is to entertain restraint on a live ball after getting rocked?

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    Insert Cam Newton Super Bowl joke here. 🙂

  27. It’s the Patriot way. Cheating and bending the rules are in their pedigree. We now see WHY the Pats were a dynasty and it wasn’t because of BB… Pats and Red Sox.. Cheaters all

  28. Touchback6isBiggerClownThanCharlieCharger says:
    November 11, 2021 at 2:25 pm
    It’s the Patriot way. Cheating and bending the rules are in their pedigree. We now see WHY the Pats were a dynasty and it wasn’t because of BB… Pats and Red Sox.. Cheaters all
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    LOL! You know because the camera location and deflated footballs = 20 year dynasty.

    Tom Brady certainly had nothing to do with it.

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