Aaron Donald calls Rex Ryan’s 2014 comment ‘disrespectful’
Ryan said that Donald, who is regarded by many experts as the best defensive player in the game today (aside from a healthy J.J. Watt), couldn’t “hold (Richardson’s) jock” as a player when he made the Pro Bowl as a rookie over Sheldon Richardson.
Donald hasn’t forgotten about it. From Greg Beacham of The Associated Press:
“Yeah, I remember that,” Donald said Wednesday after practice. “I remember when I heard about them. I didn’t forget about what he said, but it is what it is. Ain’t no big deal to me. But I remember what he said.”
Apology not accepted
Even though Donald claimed above that he doesn’t care too much about the old comment, he didn’t accept Ryan’s apology on Wednesday:
When Donald was told Ryan regrets his words, the lineman smiled.
“He still said it,” Donald replied. “It’s kind of disrespectful to say, but it is what it is.”
Despite the disrespectful quip, Donald maintains that he doesn’t need any added motivation to perform at a high level:
“Nah, I just stay in my lane, work my butt off and do what I’ve got to do to try to help my team win,” Donald said. “I let my game speak for me.”