In addition to learning how to minimize his turnovers on the field, Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer has learned how to back peddle off the field rather quickly as well.
On Monday Plummer apologized for derogatory comments he made regarding Broncos fans during an obscenity filled tirade with Rocky Mountain News Columnist Penny Parker.
In Thursday's column Parker had disclosed the name of Plummer's newest flame - Kollette Klassen, who coincidentally happens to be a Bronco cheerleader. The reporter's information came during a public fundraising event for Plummer's charity the night before when the quarterback had introduced Klassen to the crowd as his "lovely girlfriend."
The morning after the story ran two local D.J's accused Klassen of being a jersey chaser.
Apparently Plummer didn't have the nads to take the matter up with the D.J's, choosing instead to contact Parker on her cell phone and demonstrate his extensive command of the English language.
"You think Denver has the greatest fans?" Plummer told Parker. "Well, they aren't."
That tune changed quickly on Monday when Plummer claimed his comments were taken out of context. In fact, he used the "out of context" card four times within the first sixty-seconds of his apology, then offered up the fact that he would like to be able to go out and have a beer with his fans, but he was just trying to protect Klassen from any ridicule directed towards her for being his girlfriend.
"I wish I could go back and change some things, but I can't," Plummer said. "It's time to move on, let it go. I realize that I'm in the public eye. I know that, and I've been in that public eye for a long time. I can handle it."
No word yet on whether the Broncos fans can handle it.
Remember the finger fiasco?
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Plummer's Apology on 9News.com
Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past nine years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio stations around the country.
Schon can be reached at Schon@prostarmediagroup.net
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