Nick Collins apologizes for reaction to fan who slurred him

Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins has apologized for his reaction to a fan Monday night at Soldier Field that he said taunted him with racial slurs.

Collins confronted the fan as he entered a tunnel leaving the field, and threw his mouthpiece at the fan in the stands. Collins has maintained that the fan engaged him with a racial attack.

“This is a situation that I could have walked away from but, you know, heat of the moment," Collins said, according to the Associated Press. "Things happen. Both sides (were) out of line."

Milwaukee television station WITI-TV caught part of the incident on camera and reported that the fan used a racial slur and spit at Collins. The NFL has said it is investigating the matter.

“You know, it's going to happen," Collins said of the racial slur. "I'm probably not the only guy that's been in that situation before. It happens. I'm a professional. I've got to be a bigger person and keep walking."

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