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London Fletcher on Portis

Ok, I can't help myself.

Like I wrote earlier, London Fletcher could be bottled up and sold as essence-of-team-player. He always says the right thing. Always. This usually means he declines to answer any of my questions.

But he was on Sirius NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Damien Woody earlier this week, and he was asked if he had heard about Clinton Portis's most recent radio flap.

"I think I got a little bit of it," Fletcher said with a laugh. "You know, sometimes you kind of need to maybe think a little bit before you speak. You know, obviously I don't know the gist of the conversation or the question that Clinton was asked but, obviously certain things you maybe need to think a little bit more before you speak."

Sound advice. Marvez then asked what Fletcher feels about players who are sort of outspoken and sort of generate headlines not about football, if you sort of know what he means. CPCPCPCPCPCP.

"Well, I think CP, he has a lot of personality and he's going to speak out with his personality," Fletcher said. "I don't think he meant anything in a negative or disrespectful manner, so to speak. I've heard that he has apologized for his statement. But obviously when you have the radio shows, you kind of have to be careful with what you do say. But you do want to also have personality. That's the reason why they give you radio shows. You kind of have to walk a fine line, so to speak."

Could not craft a better response in the best PR shop in the land.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 16, 2010; 3:56 PM ET
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London Fletcher has a long career ahead of him after he retires as a coach. He's just too football-smart and all-around smart to retire and ride off into the sunset.

Posted by: jjhare | September 16, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I would agree 100 %. Fletch is all class.
Portis just,regardless of what he thinks, could be a little more judicious in a public forum. If we all hangin at the bar and shootin it like that, we'd be ok with it. That's how guys are. But on the airwaves,in print,I'd be real careful. He's worked real hard,I'd hate to see something bad come down on him. Any worse than it has. Because by all accounts, he's been A ok in his dealings with the press at practice and after games. That should speak volumes as well.

Posted by: ridgely1 | September 16, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Portis is also auditioning for a post-football career. He's going teach ebonics to young kids who have received too much education -- lest they lose touch with their heritage.

Posted by: Vic1 | September 17, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

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