Antrel Rolle apologizes for comparing teammates to soldiers

Antrel Rolle needs to consider the mute button next time.

After making the mistake that may haunt him for years to come earlier in the week when he criticized New York Giants fans for booing, Rolle raised the ante on Thursday when he compared his teammates to American military personnel returning from Iraq?

Say what.

Unfortunately, it’s true. This time, Rolle scrambled and issued an apology. But when you follow a dumb comment with a downright stupid one, what’s an apology worth?

“They want to make it that guys paid this much money for a ticket,” Rolle said, according to the New York Daily News. “Yeah, I understand that, I understand completely. We risk ourselves out there on the field each and every day also. When soldiers come home from Iraq you don't boo them. I look at it the same way. I take my job seriously.”

Oops.

The Giants later released a statement in which Rolle (or the Giants?) said: “I used a very poor, inappropriate example earlier today to demonstrate how seriously I take my job. Obviously there is no comparison between the men and women of our military putting their life on the line defending our country and what I do.

"They risk their lives and that gives me the opportunity to play a game for a living. After I made my earlier comments, somebody even said to me: how would your father, who is the chief of police in Homestead (Fla.) and puts himself at risk every day, feel about the comparison you made? Again, it was a very poor, very inappropriate choice of words."

Rolle admitted that he has a big mouth. One that he’ll need to watch because if he doesn’t play well, those same fans he admonished for booing are going to be all over him. New York style.

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