While some members of the media and apparently a large cross-section of Dallas Cowboys fans were upset about Tashard Choice asking Michael Vick for an autograph, Choice’s teammates reacted with a giant yawn.
Choice was caught on national TV asking Vick to sign a glove after the Cowboys 30-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. The blogs and airwaves cackled with complaints but Cowboys teammates were so unmoved that they even joked about it.
“As long as it’s not half time or the first quarter or second quarter,” tight end Martellus Bennett said. “The result of the game is not going to change by asking for an autograph. I don’t think anything was wronged by the actions that Tashard did.
“As a matter of fact, he should have got me one, too.”
Choice, who did not speak to the media on Monday, apparently was so surprised by negative reaction that he felt it necessary to address the issue on Twitter -- although he did it without regard to punctuation or spelling.
The exact tweet was: “If its anybody that cares about winning and the d cowboys its me. I apologize to the people it was just an innocent jesture for my nephew.”
Choice grew up in the Atlanta area and admired Vick when Vick played for the Falcons. He said Sunday night that he got the autograph for his 3-year-old nephew.
Cowboys interim coach Jason Garrett was circumspect when asked about the issue, saying:
“Well I don’t know much about that, other than to say that after games a lot of guys have gotten a chance to know each other through the years. . . . Michael Vick is certainly one of the marquee players in this league.
“I’ll speak more to Tashard Choice. I know how he prepares and how he feels about playing football and the passion with which he plays. So anything beyond that I don’t really want to comment on. He goes about it the right way and we’re glad that we have him on our side.”
Garrett refused to say when he would talk to Choice.
Defensive end Stephen Bowen defended Choice, but said:
“Maybe he could have went about it differently. I really don’t know. Personally I don’t see it as a big deal, but maybe he could have done something differently so it wasn’t in the public eye like that. But just getting an autograph for a little guy -- I don’t see anything wrong with that.”
-- Jan Hubbard