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Freeman explains supposed spat with Winslow

Posted Nov 3, 2011 by Roy Cummings

Updated Nov 3, 2011 at 06:16 PM

The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA – If you didn’t see it for yourself you have no doubt heard by now of the supposed spat that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman had with tight end Kellen Winslow on the sideline during the Bucs first meeting with the Saints this year.

Little has been written in the mainstream media about the situation because it didn’t have an impact on the outcome of the game, didn’t fester and carry over beyond the game and because both players said after the fact that their discussion was not the result of a growing problem between them.

The issue hasn’t died, though, and so it was brought up this past week during Freeman’s radio show on 620-WDAE by host Steve Duemig, who got a good solid answer from Freeman regarding not only his relationship with Winslow but the discussion they had that sparked all the concern in the first place.

“To be completely honest,’’ Freeman said, “out of all my guys (on the team) I probably have the best relationship with K2 (Winslow). We spend a lot of time working out in the offseason - hanging out.

“I have a great relationship with K2. In no way shape or form has he ever pressured me to get him the ball. You know, it’s a deal where we’re both extremely competitive.

“And I must have had a hundred people ask me post Saints game, ‘Are you and Kellen all right? What’s going on between you guys?’ And I was like, ‘What do you mean? That’s two passionate guys that want to win a football game that are trying to get on even ground.’

“There’s no hard feelings, nothing going on between us, nothing extra-curricular. When we’re on the sideline, basically me and Kellen could have been in a 10-foot by 10-foot room having the same conversation and it would have been the exact same for us.

“I wanted him to speed up his routes. He said he kind of wanted to run them to their depth. I was like, ‘Well, we’ve got to get the ball out. We just have to get it out because they’re bringing one more guy than we can block.’’

“And he was like, ‘All right, but I want to just break it hot. I’ll just break it hot every time. And I’m like, ‘Well, don’t do that either. I just need you to hurry up a little bit.’

“We just basically talked it out. That’s our way of doing it. I didn’t feel any disrespect from Kellen and I hope he didn’t feel any from me. Because at the end of the day we’re still great friends and all we want to do is win football games.”

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