In an awkward turn of events, New England Patriots safety Jabrill Peppers found himself apologizing after making critical comments about his team to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley. Following the Patriots’ loss to the Giants, Peppers was caught on a hot mic telling Barkley, “You’re lucky we ass,” garnering attention and headlines.
Peppers issued an apology on Friday, expressing remorse to his teammates and coaches for the distraction caused by his candid remarks.
“First of all, I just want to apologize to my teammates and coaches for even having to answer questions about that. We got more important things to worry about than me being caught on a hot mic. At the end of the day, we’re 2-9 and have a top-five pick in the draft that didn’t come via trade. We all know the standard and what it’s supposed to look like and it’s not right now,” Peppers said.
He acknowledged that the team, currently standing at 2-9, has more pressing concerns, including their performance falling below the expected standard. Despite their struggles, the Patriots will continue their efforts to salvage the season, with their next game scheduled against the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday.
The post-Tom Brady era has presented challenges for the Patriots.