(WTVO/WQRF) — Kyle Long is ready to put behind him his two fights with teammates last week. Part of that process was discussing the incidents with the media Tuesday.
“What I did was absolutely unacceptable as a human being, as a teammate without question what I did was uncalled for,” said Long.
What Long did was get into a fight during practice with rookie defensive end Jalen Dalton. Long became so incensed that he grabbed Dalton’s helmet and began swinging it at Dalton. He then flung the helmet. Teammates had to breakup the fight. This incident was only days after Long got into a mild exchange with Akiem Hicks.
“It was wrong what I did and in a lapse of judgement that’s where I ended up and it reflected poorly on the organization, the city and the offensive line room,” said Long. “That was never my intention.”
“I just got a little frustrated and it boiled over.”
When Long was asked if there is a line that players shouldn’t cross and how they stop the violence in a violent sport he answered, “I don’t think I”m the guy to ask right now. I’d say keep it between the whistles and as a rule of thumb if you’re going to use another piece of equipment don’t do that. I mean, honestly somebody could get hurt. That’s why I’m saying it’s unfortunate. It can’t happen. It’s unacceptable.”
As for the incident with Hicks Long compared that to a pair of brothers who had a disagreement.
“I think the Akiem and I thing is just, that’s the nature of two giants getting frustrated with each other over the course of time. Akiem and I are good buddies, but when we’re on the field he’s trying to get the quarterback and I’m trying to put him five yards behind the line of scrimmage. He understands that. I understand that and that’s been very clear since day one. Sometimes we get frustrated. It’s like siblings. We bicker. We push each other around and most of the time mom or dad has to say, ‘Hey, that’s your brother! Be nice. Go back to the huddle.”
Long knows he can’t affort another outburst, on the contrary he has to do all he can to prove he’s a good teammate.
“The thing I need to continue to do is go out on a day-to-day basis and try to prove to the men in this locker room who don’t know me very well or who have some questions about my character, and just try to move forward and try to prove to them the man that I am on a daily basis.”