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Winslow 'regrets' making comments

11/10/2003 - Miami Hurricanes
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami tight end Kellen Winslow
apologized Sunday for ripping officials and comparing himself to a
soldier after Tennessee's 10-6 win over the Hurricanes.

Winslow lashed out at Southeastern Conference officials
Saturday, saying they targeted him during the game.

Winslow, the son of NFL Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow
Sr., caught seven passes for 88 yards but had a costly 15-yard
penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct in the fourth quarter.

He also nearly got flagged for standing over and taunting a
shaken Corey Campbell after a hard-hitting block in the third
quarter.

"It's war," Winslow said Saturday, his voice raised in the
locker room. "They're out there to kill you, so I'm out there to
kill them. We don't care about anybody but this U. They're going
after my legs. I'm going to come right back at them. I'm a ...
soldier."

In a statement released through the university Sunday, Winslow
apologized for his comments.

"After speaking with the press, I immediately regretted my
comments and felt embarrassed for my family, my team, the
University of Miami, our fans, alumni and myself," Winslow said.
"What I have learned from this experience is to take my triumphs
and failures in stride. My outburst should in no shape or form be a
reflection on this institution or the Miami football program.

"As for my reference to being a soldier in a war, I meant no
disrespect to the men and women who have served, or are currently
serving, in the armed forces. I cannot begin to imagine the
magnitude of war or its consequences."