Julius Peppers Sees Passion, Not Friction After Spat

“I think it showed passion for the game, not necessarily frustration,” Julius Peppers said on Monday

After Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix went on Twitter to apologize for the shouting match with teammate Julius Peppers.

“I apologize for my play and sidelines issues,” he tweeted. “We are good just two emotional guys with heart and passion trying to find (a way) to win. I will never disrespect a HOF player and a guy I've been watching since I was a little kid. Misunderstanding, I apologize to my packer Fans.”

No apologies necessary, Peppers said.

“I think it showed passion for the game, not necessarily frustration,” Peppers said on Monday, a day after a 37-29 loss to the Panthers. “Everybody wants to win. Sometimes you do get frustrated during the course of a game. Things happen. It’s passion, it’s emotion, it’s guys wanting to play better and win games.”

If it seemed like a big deal to the national-television audience, with the verbal spat eventually ending with B.J. Raji shoving Clinton-Dix, it wasn’t a big deal to coach Mike McCarthy. In fact, McCarthy said the fourth-quarter incident wasn’t even discussed during the team meeting.

“We had enough to talk about as a team just from a pure football standpoint,” McCarthy said. “Just as I stated yesterday after the game, I have zero concerns about it. Frankly, a part of me likes it. I think it just shows that they’re passionate and they care. Hey, no one feels worse than our players today. They had an opportunity to win a football game against an excellent football team, an undefeated football team. But that’s part of it. There’s nothing really to get bent out of shape about. I know what they showed on TV, but I’m also well aware of all that went on after that, too, as far as the conversations and what came of it. Frankly, we actually played better after it. We should probably do that in pregame next time.”

Clinton-Dix on Monday said he wanted to “clear the air” on Twitter before it became too big of a firestorm with the media and fans.

“This is my team,” he said. “These are my brothers around here. It is what it is and everything was squashed the right way after the game.”

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