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Posted at 4:55 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Arizona quarterback Derek Anderson apologizes for press conference outburst

By Cindy Boren

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson has apologized for his press conference outburst Monday night.

"Okay, let's try this in a manner that doesn't end up on YouTube," he said of his comments to the media after a reporter questioned why he appeared to be smiling and laughing on the sideline during Arizona's loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. "I'd like to apologize for my actions after the game. There is a more professional way I could have handled that. I wasn't raised that way. My mom and dad didn't raise me to act like that in times of adversity. Obviously I was very frustrated by what had happened during the game, and I let the emotions get the best of me."

Anderson said he'd planned to get his Christmas tree today. "I decided that wasn't a good idea. I'll wait until Friday."

By Cindy Boren  | December 1, 2010; 4:55 PM ET
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I thought the reporter was annoying. Anderson's "outburst" was no worse than many others I have seen. The whole thing is just another media blown up story.

Posted by: barbnc | December 1, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Amen. I'm not usually one to stick up for pro athletes' bad behavior but this was such a nothing story. The reporter really goaded him and unfortunately for Anderson he obliged. Some loud words took place while Anderson was defending himself. This same kind of exchange can happen at any workplace.

Posted by: nvamikeyo | December 1, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

One difference Anderson should've apologized for but didn't...he should've kept his language clean. It's football so bad language is more tolerated but still, in that instance it's unprofessional and proves the reporter's point about Anderson being undisciplined.

Posted by: nvamikeyo | December 1, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I live in Cleveburgh, OH, and was forced to watch as Anderson mis-directed the Brownies' offense for a couple of NFL-seasons--regularly throwing his passes into double/triple/quadruple-coverage defensive schemes. The Brownies' head-coach then, whose name most of us have forgotten, didn't seem to have a clue that D.A. (Dumb-Ass?) wasn't the right quarterback, so Brady Quinn stood on the sidelines as D.A. helped others regularly whup the Brownies. Now, even Jake Delhomme is better than Anderson: Jake throws passes into double-coverage defenses, but Delhomme does not throw a pass into the triple/quadruple/quintuple-coverages that have followed Anderson to Arizona. Derek may make big-bucks, but he's a small-time NFL-qb. At The Mistake on the Lake we hope that Colt McCoy gets well; the sooner the better.

Posted by: marc85 | December 1, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

You should be excited about fubball in Cleveland ... maybe as soon as next year, Marc85. Part of Derek Anderson's meltdown stemmed from the fact that he isn't likely to be back in Arizona. It's too bad, but, hey, quintuple coverage means that someone is pretty much wide open.

Posted by: CindyBoren | December 2, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

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