Last month, New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker was hosting a football camp for kids in Oklahoma City, and he joked, “Let’s do a lockout every year.” Apparently, the NFL owners didn’t think it was funny.
In a recent court appearance, the NFL owners used Welker’s comments in court, and Welker was shocked.
“I said that as a joke and yet they use it in the court of law,” Welker said Friday on Boston radio station WAAF. “It was a little bit disappointing. It’s kind of discouraging they would actually use that in the court of law, and you have to see it everywhere and things like that.”
Welker also noted that the contentious talks between the NFL owners and players will ultimately cost fans.
“I’m a fan myself. Even looking at it [like that], it almost seems stupid,” he said on WAAF. “I know fans sit there and it’s billionaires and millionaires … fighting over money; I don’t think the average fan wants to sit there and hear about that. I know I don’t and I’m part of the situation. I definitely think we have a deal where we could lose fans. It’s sad and it’s something we definitely need to figure out.”
The two sides are scheduled to be back in court to hear further arguments about the lockout on June 3. For Welker, he hopes the issue is resolved so that his Patriots can get back to what they do best — win games.
“Winning can go a long ways in happiness. I know the Patriots are very committed to that,” he said. “Hopefully we’re able to move along and win some games in the future.”
Source: ESPN Boston
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