Steve Weatherford: Mitch Ross Apologized To Me, And I Still Don’t Like Mike Westhoff
NEW YORK (WFAN) – Giants punter Steve Weatherford joined WFAN host Craig Carton in the studio on Wednesday morning, and the veteran touched on a variety of topics.
What was the first thing discussed? Well of course it was Mitch Ross of deer-antler spray fame. Ross, who said that he provided Ray Lewis with the performance enhancer, told reporters during Super Bowl week that Weatherford was one of his clients and was given so-called “performance chips.”
Weatherford has denied the accusation, and he did so again on Wednesday.
“I think it’s pretty evident that (Mitch Ross) was a whack-job,” the eighth-year player said. “And the people that he brought up when he was talking about it were like Terrell Owens, Brett Favre, Johnny Damon and Ray Lewis. All these guys are like Hall of Famers, and then there’s the punter that has muscles. I’m like, ‘Come on, man.’ I don’t even belong in the conversation with these guys.
“But you know what? I don’t want to give credence to the guy by talking about him, but at the same time I think the listeners and the fans deserve to know that this was totally unsubstantiated. I would never do that. Being a role model and being a New York Giant is too important for me to risk it on something like that. It’s just sad that a guy would resort to that to try to sell his snake oil.”
Ross apologized to Weatherford and promised that he wouldn’t associate the punter with anything again.
“All I needed him to say was that he apologizes and he won’t say my name again — I got that out of him,” Weatherford said. “I got that out of him, and I’m good. I’m not looking to stir the pot any more by suing him. That’s all I wanted.”
Weatherford also reflected on his time with the Jets, the team he played for in 2009. He touched on Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and his well-documented relationship with former special teams coach Mike Westhoff.
The Illinois alum reiterated that he was happy to leave the Jets when he did, but said that was only the case because of Westhoff.
“I didn’t get along with Mike,” Weatherford said. “Mike was a really difficult person to play for. He’s a guy that kind of harped on the negative a little bit, and life’s short, man. I’m trying to have fun. And nobody works harder than me, so you can’t say anything like that. It was just difficult … I don’t know exactly why we didn’t get along, but it was a mutual parting of the ways.
“I liked being a New York Jet, and everybody treated me well there, but I felt like there was just maybe a little lack of respect. I’m 30 years old, I’m a father of three and he just didn’t treat me that way. It was frustrating because I wanted to be great for him, but he made it a very difficult workspace.”
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