*After getting beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles 30-27 last night, Dallas Cowboys running back Tashard Choice came away from the game with a score of his own — Michael Vick’s autograph. Today, however, he is apologizing for it.
Choice approached Vick after the game at Cowboys Stadium and asked him to sign a glove. The MVP candidate granted the request, according to ESPN.
“That’s probably the first time that’s ever happened to me,” Vick said of an opposing player’s request after a game. “But [Choice] is a great guy. It doesn’t surprise me.”
Choice, who rushed for 16 yards on seven carries and had a 17-yard reception in the loss, said he has known Vick for years. They became acquainted when Choice attended Georgia Tech and Vick played for the Atlanta Falcons.
The autograph, according to Choice, was for a young family member who is a big fan of Vick.
“My little nephew says he’s his brother,” Choice said Sunday night. “My little nephew is 2 years old, so I had to get one for him. I just admire somebody who comes from those circumstances and comes back and proves everybody wrong. I’ve got nothing but respect for him.”
On Monday morning, however, Choice seemed to regret making the request, which was shown on NBC’s national broadcast. He used Twitter to first defend, and then apologize, for his actions.
Choice’s first tweet after the game read:
Listen y’all I know vick. That glove was for my nephew who is 3. Not for me
Choice then replied to two readers who criticized him on Twitter:
I don’t care abbout that we all exchange autographs. That’s so stupid for people to get mad at.
vick is his [Choice’s nephew] fav player. Has nothing to do with how I play on da feel. Y’all are a trip foreal
This morning, Choice tweeted on the matter one more time:
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 continued explaining himself this morning on ESPNDallas.com: “I don’t want anybody to think I was disrespectful. My teammates, coaches and Jerry [Jones] know where my heart is. I care about football. I meant no disrespect.”