Redskins’ tight end made some headlines this week when he related to a DC radio show the joy he felt in watching Tony Romo and the Cowboys collapse against the Detroit Lions last Sunday. On Wednesday, he clarified those remarks on Jim Rome’s radio show, saying that (a) it’s nothing personal against Romo and (b) he won’t apologize for it.
“You can hear in my voice, I was pleased that the Cowboys lost the game. In no way am I going to apologize for rooting against a rival,” Cooley said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I have no problem with Tony Romo as a person. I just can't apologize for being happy in seeing them fail. If you're a fan and you think I should, are you really a fan? Do you believe in your team, because I do.
“It doesn't matter that it's Tony Romo and the Cowboys. I'm not going to cheer for the Eagles. I'm not going to cheer for Michael Vick. I'm not going to cheer for Eli Manning. I'm a fan. I care about the Redskins.”
As far as his remarks concerning a potential cage fight between he and Romo, Cooley said that, no, he doesn’t wish Romo any physical harm.
“It would actually be hilarious to set up a cage fight,” Cooley said. “But in terms of really wanting to punch him in the face. No. I don't care about that. I got a lot of grief for really trash-talking Romo. I didn't trash talk him.
“I think Tony Romo is a good player. I just said I was happy that he choked. I'm not saying that I think he's a bad player. I'm not challenging his accomplishments in the NFL or what he's able to do for that team, his ability to play through pain. I think all of that is tremendous. I'm also not trying to backpedal here. I'm just telling you how I honestly feel.”
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