Donald Penn Expounds On Fatgate BSMay 29th, 2013
Donald Penn looks fit to Joe, and he is fit, so claimed the Bucs brass today after today’s OTA session at One Buc Palace.
Penn unloaded on the hurt and confusion he felt by the PewterReport.com report Monday that claimed his weight was a serious issue with the Buccaneers.
Penn ripped the publication for lying via profane tirades on Twitter on Monday, but today Penn was calm and offered more details to Joe and other media.
“I just hope it’s not going to be a trend,” Penn said of inaccurate media claims about his weight. “Last offseason, [Tampa Bay Times Bucs beat writer] Rick Stroud came out with something, some true, a lot of it was false. It seems like this year, you know, it came out again, some more false stuff. You know, I don’t do anything to anybody. I’m a happy-go-lucky guy and it seems like people are trying to attack me. But you know, I’m going to be bigger and better than that. I shouldn’t have reacted the way I did. I wish I could take it back.
“You know, me and [Greg] Schiano, we had a lot of talks last year about where he wanted my weight. Because we had a disagreement on where he wanted and where I thought I should be. And you know at the end of the day, that’s a battle that I’m not going to win. And I bought in and I’ve done everything he’s asked me to do. I’ve done everything Mark [Dominik's] asked me to do since [the start of] last year. And for that to come out, after I’ve been doing everything that I’ve done, it really like kind of stabbed me in the stomach.
“Where’d that come from? I know it didn’t come from the Bucs because all I’ve been getting from them is praise and they’re happy with what I’ve been doing and how I came back in April 15 in my football weight. Usually I get down to it when I come back, but I came back already at the weight he wants me to play at. And for that little stupid report to come out, I don’t know, I guess [PewterReport.com] has nothing else to talk about.
As Joe wrote yesterday, Penn is being unfairly targeted.
Rockstar general manager Mark Dominik said today that Penn “is right on par with what we would have hoped and expected from Donald Penn. I think anything else has kind of been exaggerated.” Greg Schiano concurred during his post-practice news conference.