The University of Kentucky junior stepped into a circle of media members Tuesday after practice and apologized for using Twitter to criticize fans following the upset win over South Carolina Saturday. Cobb posted a series of tweets following the game criticizing fans for coming late, not staying and being more concerned about the school's basketball team.
"I was wrong for the fact that I took a percentage — a small percentage — of our fan base and lumped them all as one and made it all whole," Cobb said. "That's not how our fans are."
He noted that "99.9 percent of our fans are great fans, and they know that." That was similar to what coach Joker Phillips said Monday.
"I just took a small chunk and made it something big, and I can't do that," Cobb said. "I made a mistake. I'm a man, I admit my mistake, and I just want to come out and let everybody know I'm sorry. I hope they can forgive me."
Cobb said it took him only "two or three minutes" after he made his comments to wish he had not and that's why he deleted them.
"It was all my decision to take it down," Cobb said. "I knew I was wrong in the beginning. Right after I sent it, I had to take it back. I know that I was out of character, I really was.
"What I wanted to get out of it is to let others realize how we can tell what's going on (in the stands). We know what's going on. We can hear you. Regardless of whether we respond or not, we can hear you. We know what's being said, and it hurts sometimes. It really does."
Cobb admitted he has learned a lesson from the backlash that followed his outburst.
"We've been talking about this all semester (in a communications class), how powerful words are and how much meaning words have," Cobb said. "I can't take back my words. I can't take back what I said. All I can ask for is forgiveness."
Considering all he's done for UK football, that forgiveness should come easily.
Coach Joker Phillips had considered banning players from using Twitter and several players were expecting a ban. However, Phillips said after Tuesday's practice that players could continue to "tweet or twit or whatever."