Barrow regrets comparing loss to 'being raped'

Updated: December 17, 2003, 10:55 AM ET
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants linebacker Michael Barrow issued an apology Tuesday after having been quoted comparing a football defeat with the experience of a sexual assault.

"Obviously, I am deeply sorry that my comments offended anybody, especially anybody who has been in that situation," Barrow said. "I am sorry that my remarks were offensive in any way toward anybody. I accept full responsibility for my poor choice of words, and I am sorry."

According to a report in Newsday, Barrow said he felt like the team was "violated" by its 45-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

"I don't know what it is to be raped," the newspaper quoted Barrow as saying. "Not to be insensitive to people who have, but to me, this is my experience to feel like they just held us down and did whatever they want to us."

Coach Jim Fassel told the newspaper he wasn't aware of Barrow's full quote but planned to speak to Barrow about it.

"Guys say things that I am sure they don't mean or don't want to say it that [way] or it is an emotional thing," Fassel told Newsday.

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