Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Reggie Bush has learned to think two seconds before tweeting 140 characters.
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 [Organized Team Activities] 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."
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