Reporters converged around him like inmates circling the last pack of cigarettes. But before they had a chance to talk to him, Newman was whisked away by team Public Relations director Rich Dalrymple.
Maybe Dalrymple wanted Newman to visit with the trainers.
Or the equipment staff.
Or maybe he was coaching Newman on how to address questions about his own recent television interview in which he described safety Roy Williams as "a deer in the headlights" in certain passing situations last season.
Newman emerged right at the end of the hour-long media access session, and the vultures descended again. He was asked if he wanted to comment on his statements, and declined until reporters told him what they thought he'd said.
"If you look at it, I said ‘at times' — every defensive back in the league looks like a deer in the headlights at times," Newman said. "It's not like I said Roy was like that all the time. It was nothing bad."
Newman allowed that Williams "probably saw" the interview and said Williams "didn't say anything" about the comments. He also insisted that he and his teammates have not given Williams any grief over Williams' decision to skip the first week of OTAs (last week) to take his family on vacation.
"Not at all," Newman said. "I just wish he took me with him."
Newman said he doesn't anticipate his comments causing any kind of a rift between himself and Williams.
"It depends on what context the comments are in," Newman said. "If it was bashing, it could be disruptive. But if you look at what I said, I also said he's still a great player, and he's still going to be a great player for us."
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