Andrews was obviously calling in to talk about Richie Incognito, but when Mike Missanelli asked him if he faced that sort of thing, Andrews let loose: “I did. I did. I faced a lot of that.”
On rumors that he hurt himself dancing: “I broke two screws in my ankle. There was a rumor from my teammates that I was out having a good time dancing. This is where things get crossed up. I had two broken screws in my ankle.”
“When the cameras were rolling, it’s like we’re a team, we’re a team. When they’re off, it’s like, screw you, dude. Screw you.”
On specific players: “I have to choose my words carefully, but I worked with guys who didn’t have everybody’s best interest at heart. The only guy I could tell you that I could trust on that team was flat out Brian Dawkins.”
“Would you want to go to work where you put your heart out every single day and the guy that you’re protecting is saying things behind your back that isn’t true?”
That kicked off this exchange:
You’re talking about the quarterback, Donovan McNabb?
What was he saying that wasn’t true?
“Man, where do I start? You know what, I’ve been thinking about this before the interview, where my credibility is under question… but I’ve really been trying to figure out how I wanted to say this stuff. If I was one of the first guys to get a $100 million contract, I’ve got endorsements, I’m on commercials, is that not enough attention in and of itself?”
You’re talking about Donovan obviously…
“You know what, my mind is racing right now, and I know everything that I say is under fire. And I’m fine with that. But sometimes the truth has to be spoken. I’ll just say this: I’ve played with a lot of [inaudible] people, man. I wasn’t happy.”
Did the quarterback question your manhood in any way? Is that what you’re saying?
“It’s a lot, man. We don’t have enough time to even discuss that. I’ll just say, I wasn’t happy there. I loved Coach Reid. He knows the truth of what went on with me and what was going on in that locker room.”
More on McNabb: “I won’t consider McNabb a bully. But If you put your heart and everything that comes with you on the line for another person, and they’re saying very, very, very untrue things about you to other guys in our league and other teams, how would that make you feel?”
On confronting McNabb: “He did what most people would do: he denied it. There’s just so much evidence there, man.”
On what he would say to McNabb: “I’ve probably said everything I’m gonna say, man. Dude, I don’t even know where to start, man. I’m disgusted by it. You know like Martin, I feel the connect there, when he said he tried to befriend people who talked about him, I know what he’s going through. I didn’t say all the things I want to say. Things are gonna get twisted.”
Talking about coming up for a new contract, Andrews said he stopped eating McDonald’s eight months before negotiations, but teammates would go to Reid saying he ate “five cheeseburgers and four orders of fries.”
On time Reid allowed him to address team: “One of the leaders on the team (McNabb), how does it make you feel when he was sitting there, looking at you in the eye, rolling his eyes at everything you say pouring your heart out as a man amongst men.”
I’m speechless. All of a sudden Shawn Andrews decides to come out and trash McNabb three years later? So, yeah, McNabb is a dick. I’m not sure that’s surprising. But what the hell is going on in this world where a grown man – an NFL player, no less – calls in to a radio station to whine about not getting along with his teammates three years ago? “I didn’t say all the things I want to say.” What?! Say them! If McNabb was such an evil dude, tell us why. Don’t just leave it hanging there. That’s bullshit.
This bullying thing is totally out of control right now. Every human being in the world comes across people they don’t get along with. And sure, there are some cases where kids, or maybe people like Jonathan Martin, are victims of people in power positions. But attention whore Shawn Andrews is going to call into a radio station three years after the fact and trash teammates who didn’t like him? And, worse, we’re going to turn it into some sort of national debate about bullying because a millionaire football player was given a hard time by other millionaire football players? Our country is out of its mind right now. You know what? I was picked on by some dude in fourth grade. It sucked. I probably cried. We tussled at recess one day, but that didn’t do much. I took it for a few years and then just avoided him. Two years later, in seventh grade, I picked on some kid. I was a real asshole. Made fun of everything about him. No idea why. Just because I could. One day, waiting in line to be walked out to the parking lot after school (Catholic school was a real blast!), he turned around and punched me in my braces. Blood everywhere. Guess who I never picked on again?
This happens to literally every person ever. You get picked on by some people, you pick on some people. We cry, we fight, we get over it. It usually stops when you reach college. After that, you come across people you don’t like and, because you’re an adult, you do your best to avoid them. Sometimes you can’t. Sometimes you don’t like your boss. Sometimes your roommate is a dick. Sometimes you’re forced to be around people you hate. It sucks. It’s life. We should be nicer to each other. But no way is space cadet Shawn Andrews getting picked on by his millionaire teammates the same as Little Johnny Pocket Protector getting his lunch stolen every day for three years. This is so absurd.
Kyle Eckel, who played with the Eagles when Andrews was there, commented on Facebook immediately after the interview:screen grab via (@Banditmax)
Eckel then called in to the station and called Andrews’ interview a load of garbage. We’ll post that audio when it becomes available.
For now, let’s just get our Michael Phelps on: