Tennessee Titans running back Antonio Andrews said he was sorry that Sunday’s vicious hit injured Browns defensive back Jordan Poyer, who spent two days in the hospital, but wasn’t nearly as apologetic for posting video of the hit on Instagram with the word “Relentless” accompanying it.
That post set off a firestorm of reaction from Poyer, to Browns players and many fans, questioning why Andrews would post the video, given the seriousness of Poyer’s injuries. He suffered a lacerated kidney and a concussion on the play.
“Just a post. Everybody else made it into something more than what it was,” Andrews said. “It was just a good hit, showed that it wasn’t a blindside, shoulder to chest. Sorry about what happened to him, to his kidney and everything, but good hit, good play. All the fans take what they want from it.”
Andrews was hit with a 15-yard penalty on the play, but both he and Coach Mike Mularkey have maintained that the hit was legal. Andrews said he didn’t feel as if he should be fined for the block.
“I don’t see why they would fine,” Andrews said. “It was shoulder to chest. No illegal hit. So no fine hit.”
However, when asked why he thought people were so upset over the post and comments, Andrews replied, “Because their favorite player is hurt, I guess. I don’t know. You got to ask them that.”
Andrews reacted to media questions that perhaps posting the hit with the word “Relentless” next to it was in poor taste, given the seriousness of Poyer’s injury.
“That play didn’t have nothing to do with him. It was just a play I made. That’s all it was. Sorry what happened to him, but I mean it had nothing to do with him,” Andrews said.
Andrews said he reached out to try and communicate via direct message to Poyer on Twitter, and was asked how the Browns safety reacted.
“He’s good. He’s getting ready to play next season,” Andrews said.
Andrews also indicated that he has no regrets for what happened regarding reaction to the video post.
“I mean, sorry for what happened to him and sorry for how the fans and everybody took it way out of proportion and led it to that. He’s receiving messages just like I am. That’s all about the public perception. He know how I feel,” Andrews said.
Mularkey said he addressed the matter with Andrews, and though he is within his rights to post on social media, he wishes the running back would have taken a different approach.
“I talked to Antonio about that. He just needs to let his play speak for himself, and stay off of social media and things like that. That doesn’t do anybody any good, especially when a player is injured like that,” Mularkey said. “… I hope he is (apologetic). I think we had a good talk. That’s really his right to be on there and say what he wants to say. Hopefully, it’s over.”