Washington explains his football card pose

Q)What are your thoughts on the whole Topps football card controversy that you are in the middle of?

Washington: It was an "East Side" symbol. I took the picture at the rookie premier earlier this year. I don't think I want to show it, because I don't think I'll ever do that again. It obviously, sent out the wrong image to the fans and to the parents, so I definitely want to apologize for that image, but at the same time, there was no harm meant. It was basically, "E's" upside down, and it came off looking like something totally different. That's not me, that's not my character.

Q)Are you concerned that the card is out there getting negative attention?

Washington: As a player, you could be concerned, because you don't want the image to get across to the fans that you're that type of player or the type of guy that would do something like that. At the same time, I think the fans, the people that have dealt with me before and the people that know me, know that I don't want to create that type of image. Unfortunately, it came out and I apologize for it and hopefully, I didn't send the wrong message across.

Q)Can you explain again what you were doing in the photo?

Washington: I took it so long ago, I think I was coming through the tunnel at the rookie premier and the guy said, "Hey, pose and take a picture," and I took the picture, not thinking anything of it and not realizing where my fingers were actually positioned. Then, looking at the picture last night when I was told about it, it definitely looks weird, but at the same time, it's only an "East Side" symbol from the community I'm from in Jacksonville and nothing more than that.

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