Wes Welker upset owners used remarks

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker said Friday that he was disappointed NFL owners used comments he made about the lockout in court, because he was joking when he said them.

Welker had hosted a free football camp for kids in Oklahoma City in April, and in an Associated Press article from that day, he joked, "Let's do a lockout every year."

"I said that as a joke and yet they use it in the court of law," Welker said Friday on Boston radio station WAAF. "It was a little bit disappointing. It's kind of discouraging they would actually use that in the court of law, and you have to see it everywhere and things like that."

"Shoot, I guess the gloves are off, and they're going after everything," Welker said, laughing. "You have to really watch what you say, whether you're joking or not."

Welker noted that his passion for playing football was reflected in how he approached last offseason, when he was rehabilitating from a torn ACL. If he didn't want to play football, he said he would have just gone on injured reserve instead of working so hard.

Welker also echoed comments made by Patriots owner Robert Kraft that the lockout is reaching a point where fans could be lost.

"I'm a fan myself. Even looking at it [like that], it almost seems stupid," he said on WAAF. "I know fans sit there and it's billionaires and millionaires ... fighting over money; I don't think the average fan wants to sit there and hear about that. I know I don't and I'm part of the situation. I definitely think we have a deal where we could lose fans. It's sad and it's something we definitely need to figure out."

Welker enters the final year of his contract in 2011, and was asked his thoughts on striking an extension before the season.

"It all depends. I'm good either way," he answered. "For me, it's just going out there and playing good ball. If it's before or after, I don't care. I'm going to go out there and play some good ball, and let everything take care of itself."

Welker added how much he enjoys being in New England.

"Winning can go a long ways in happiness. I know the Patriots are very committed to that," he said. "Hopefully we're able to move along and win some games in the future."

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com.