Aaron Ross apologized to Jacksonville Jaguars fans for his comments that last season was a “nice paid vacation to Florida.”
Ohm Youngmisuk of EPSN New York reports that Ross backtracked on Friday in trying to explain the remarks.
Ross left the New York Giants, signing a $9.75 million, three-year contract a year ago. The Jaguars promptly cut him after one season. Ross has since re-signed with the Giants.
“Jacksonville treated me and my wife with the utmost respect and I really appreciated what they did for me and did for us,” Ross told Youngmisuk. “The only reason I said the vacation thing is because it was such a short turnaround for me to (come) back home with the Giants, it felt like (being away on) a vacation. I definitely didn’t mean any harm to Jacksonville city or the fans or disrespect to the organization. I have the utmost respect for that organization.
“I really apologize if Jag nation took offense to it. I loved the opportunity that they gave me, they gave me a second chance to live my dream. They accepted me and my wife with open arms and they were a fun crowd to be around and the organization was first class and treated us really nice.”
Of course, when Ross was appearing on NFL Network he called it a “great learning experience” playing in Jacksonville and said, “I don’t regret the decision I made. It was a nice paid vacation to Florida, so I definitely wouldn’t take back the decision. I definitely wouldn’t.”
But he did take back the vacation remark.
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