An angry Gerald McCoy stood in front of his locker on Friday with a scowl on his face, unhappy with a recent story that has gained national interest.
During his Wednesday weekly radio show, McCoy had a caller who questioned his aggression on the field. McCoy acknowledged the criticism and said that has been the knock on him from former Bucs great Warren Sapp to his new bride.
During his interview on 620 WDAE, the Bucs flagship station, McCoy addressed the caller’s comments.
“I appreciate that,” McCoy said. “I take advice from anybody. A lot of people don’t think I’m evil. Sapp tells me that all the time. My wife has told me that. I don’t have to be angry to play. When I get angry, I can’t play at my best.”
The one part of the interview that generated the articles and news revolved around a supposed dispute between McCoy and some members of the defensive coaching staff.
“I had my D-line coaches get on to me the other day,” McCoy said during his weekly show with his T.J. Rives. “Well, not get on to me, try to get on to me. There’s no way they’re going to get on to me for this. They got upset with me because I helped somebody up. So what? I don’t care. Kiss my butt. Listen, if I want to help somebody, I’m going help somebody up. Because right on the next play I’m going to knock him down again. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter.’’
On Friday McCoy was ready to set the record straight.
“So I was asked a question, or somebody made a comment on the radio show, about me not being – he said he didn’t see any dog or any mean or whatever, and my whole reason for bringing anything up was just an example of who I am, which I don’t mind helping people up,” McCoy said. “I don’t see anything wrong with that. Where it went from there, me saying people can feel how they want about that, that’s fine. But to say that, one, I never said anybody’s name. I never said I was yelled at, and I never said I was bashed for it.
“So where all that came from, I don’t know. If you don’t believe me, there’s audio you can go listen to. So the title that I got yelled at is nonsense. I didn’t like it. I don’t like it, and yes, I’m very upset. Quote that. Go write that. Yes, I’m very angry about being misquoted and saying that my coaches yelled at me.
“None of my coaches are bad guys, and they’ve never done anything negative towards me. So that’s nonsense for someone to go write that I got yelled at, and I never said that. They didn’t get on me. … They felt one way, and I felt a different way. That’s all it was. You don’t always feel the same way someone else feels. It’s personal preference, that’s what it is. But we didn’t have an argument. There wasn’t any anger when we talked about it. There wasn’t anything negative. It was just talking. It was just an example of who I am.”
McCoy knows that if the Buccaneers were 5-2 as opposed to 0-7 the interview would have probably never even made a blip on the headline radars.
“It wasn’t made to make anything negative, but where we’re at right now, everyone is looking for something negative,” McCoy said. “I’m not afraid to say that. So anything that comes up, they’re going to try to find a story. That’s all this is. I’m upset about it, but I’m going to leave it at that. That’s the bottom line. It’s way over-hyped. There’s nothing going on.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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