King Calls Portis High Maintenance

We are all aware of Peter King’s weekly MMQB, as he gives us his opinions from the week that was.  For the most part it’s a good read, but I am beginning to wonder if he has it out for our Skins.   Let’s go back to last week when King picked us to lose against the Lions.  He was the only one to pick against us, I can understand picking the Lions to cover but picking them to flat out win is insane.  Flash forward to Monday, King writes this in his weekly column:

f. I know you love Clinton Portis, Jim Zorn. And you should. But that little tete-a-tete on the sidelines in Detroit with Mr. Portis should tell you that you’re dealing with what Tom Coughlin has dealt with over the last three years with Plaxico Burress. High-maintenance guys. But great players. You’ve got to make peace and move on.

High maintenance?  C’mon now, there is no way you can compare Plxico Burress and all his off the field issues with Clinton Portis.  I cannot remember a time when I heard of Portis and off the field issues.  He may occasionally speak his mind on radio shows, but that doesn’t even come close to what Burress is doing to his Giants.  Yes Portis and Coach Zorn got into it at Sunday’s game, but that was just Zorn trying to settle him down.   Portis is a different kind of player he plays with passion and high energy.  Sometimes he gets carried away, but he immediately knew he was in the wrong.

It looks like King has thought about his comment and has offered a short apology in his Tuesday edition of the MMQB.

PORTIS IS NOT HIGH-MAINTENANCE. From Craig Kaminsky, of Ouray, Colo.: “Love the column but how can you call Clinton Portis a high-maintenance guy? Unlike guys like Plaxico Burress, Clinton plays every damn play hard, has a sense of humor and, unlike most RBs in this league, will sell out his body to pick up a blitz or make a block or run down a guy in preseason. The man also restructured his deal this offseason to help the team (thanks to The Danny and his free-spending, screw-the-cap ways). Of course, CP is rich and his renegotiation doesn’t make him a hero, but it shows he does put the team first, like just about all his other actions.”

King: You’re right. That’s a bad characterization. He’s a guts-out player and a great (not good, but great, blocker), and he’s quirky, sometimes resulting in a coach having to spend some time with him trying to calm him down. I shouldn’t have used that phrase. Good catch.

I have to commend him on this, most would just leave it alone  but he took the time to  right his wrong.   Nice job King, let’s hope you back off a bit on the Skins hating.

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