Contrary to His Previous Tweets, Reggie Bush Says He’s Happy in New Orleans and Isn’t Going AnywhereMay 16, 2011 – 9:40 am by Eric Schmoldt
Reggie Bush made about as many draft-day headlines as anyone that was picked. After the New Orleans Saints selected Heisman Trophy-winning running back Mark Ingram in the first round, Bush tweeted that his time in New Orleans had been fun, basically insinuating that his time was also over.
Bush now says that he should have thought before he went to Twitter with such comments. Saints brass called him up the next day and told him that drafting Ingram, adding him to an already busy stable of backs, didn’t mean anything about Bush’s future there. Not shockingly, Bush hasn’t sounded much smarter in recent Twitter posts and doesn’t sound much brighter in the following interview.
The former USC standout has since got in a war of words with ESPN personality Skip Bayless and in the following interview uses the term “find a (happy) medium)” about a dozen times. I think I speak for everyone else when I say I hope the NFL owners and players find a happy medium so that Bush can figure out what he’s doing and we can stop talking so much about a guy who has never rushed for more than 600 yards or six touchdowns in a season.
Reggie Bush joined WWL in New Orleans with Kristian Garic to discuss his now infamous tweets, if he regrets them, his goofy Twitter war with Skip Bayless, whether he would be open to taking a paycut and if he’ll take Bayless up on the challenge of an eight-mile run.
On his draft-day tweets that insinuated he was leaving New Orleans:
“I think when you look at the situation you look at all the running backs that we have. All the running backs have been taken care of except me and there’s a big question mark with me, so I wasn’t exactly sure that I would be back with the team. I thought maybe it was a message the team was sending me. … The next day, Coach just called me and said, ‘Hey, this doesn’t affect you at all. We still want you here to be a part of the Saints.’ First and foremost for me is to remain a New Orleans Saint. If I could, I’d play here my whole career.”
Did he tweet out of frustration?:
“Not necessarily frustration. I’m not frustrated at all because I know the type of player I am and what I can bring to the team and what I can offer to a team. I just thought maybe the team was saying they were moving on without me, but clearly they’re not.”
Does he regret the tweets?:
“It goes along with, you should think before you tweet. Obviously it got taken the wrong way; it got taken out of context.”
What about the Twitter war with Skip Bayless?:
“No, not at all, that was on purpose. … Obviously fans are tied in on the emotional side. They don’t necessarily understand the particulars of it. When we have the minicamps and the OTAs and you still put your body at the same risk but you’re not playing for anything and you have some guys who get injured out there and end the whole season … and when you aren’t playing for anything, that’s tough. That’s tough to deal with. That’s where we’re trying to come to a medium with the owners and players. … I was trying to make light of the situation.”
Is he open to taking a paycut?:
“Yeah, I mean, obviously I know there’s going to have to be some type of renegotiation. So that’s where me, my agent and the New Orleans Saints are going to have to come to a happy medium.”
Will he take Skip Bayless up on his challenge of an eight-mile run?:
“I expected him to respond like that. He basically made it seem like he could come do my sport. So I said, ‘OK, if you can do that, then come do it.’ I never said I could go run eight miles and crush him at it. I put the offer on the table if he wants to come to training camp one day.”