Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill admitted he made comments belittling his scout-team defence, but denies making a paycheck comment.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is sorry for the scathing comments he made about his scout-team defence, but he stopped short of copping to belittling his team-mates over their pay checks.
Tannehill was reportedly involved in an incident during practice in London on Saturday, with claims the Dolphins QB took reacted angrily to linebacker Chris McCain.
There were also reports Tannehill made comments about a practice squad player's salary, though the 27-year-old denied that happened.
"It was a day before the [New York Jets] game, and I didn't feel we were getting the looks that we needed before a game, so I got upset," Tannehill said on Wednesday after coach Joe Philbin was sacked following last week's 27-14 NFL loss to the Jets.
"But I said nothing about a pay check or anything close to that. I know everyone in this building works hard every single day. So I respect that and I would never take a shot like that.
"Am I happy about everything I said? No. [Am I happy] the things went down the way they did? No. I hold myself to a higher standard than to take a shot at something like that."
Tannehill, who threw for a season-low 198 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Jets, said he did make remarks about "a scout team or trophy" during practice in London last week, but has offered his team-mates am apology and they are ready to move on.
"I was heated, I'm very passionate about this game," he said. "I put a lot into it, put a lot into my preparation, how I go about my business every day.
"And I feel like it's the day before the game and it's crucial to our preparation and how we go into a game. I did get upset and said those things, but I talked to those guys and cleared the air with them and we're moving forward."
According to Tannehill, the media skewed what he said and blew the incident out of proportion.
"To put words into my mouth that I didn't say, to degrade my reputation and what I stand for, honestly, it's sickening to me," Tannehill said.
"On top of that, just the fact that something inside the locker room gets out obviously upsets me as well."