For the second time in less than a week, Sammy Watkins is apologizing for comments made to critics on his Instagram page. The Buffalo Bills receiver met with the media Monday, saying it "wasn't professional" of him to lash out.
"I just read back on my comments like, 'Nah, that don't sound right,'" Watkins said, per Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. "I shouldn't have sent that because it not only affected the fans, just people in general that are working hard jobs every day, day to day, taking care of their kids, every job is the same. You wake up in the morning and go to work, clock the eight hours, so my job is the same as anybody else."
Watkins had called fans "losers" and derided their professions in response to people being critical of him posting a picture with his daughter at Disney World, per Billy Korhummel, a self-described Bills fan:
The second-year wideout later deleted his post and apologized. In another deleted Instagram message, Watkins said his comments were "inappropriate" and stemmed from his "frustration" at being unable to help the Bills win. He has missed three of the team's last four games due to injury and has largely been ineffective when on the field.
"I just had a discussion with him. I talked with him," Bills coach Rex Ryan said, per Rodak. "And he's not proud of his thing. And I can understand why the fans would be upset with him. We were all upset with him. It doesn't represent who he is."
It's the second time this season Watkins' public outbursts have gotten him in hot water. Last month, he was highly critical of an offensive scheme he believes does not get him the ball enough.
“That’s what I get mad at,” Watkins told Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News, “when I don’t get looked at. I can look at film and his eyes go straight that way and I’m not getting looked at, at all. That’s when I get frustrated. When I have one-on-one coverage, go to me. I don’t care what’s going on over there. I don’t care if he’s open. When I get one on one, just target me.”
Watkins has only 11 receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns on the season.