Friday, December 19, 2014

Asante on Deion: "He's a hater"; Herremans responds to "dirty" claims

Asante Samuel leads the NFL with seven interceptions, is having perhaps one of his best seasons, but that apparently isn't enough in the eyes of Deion Sanders.

Asante on Deion: "He's a hater"; Herremans responds to "dirty" claims

Asante Samuel leads the NFL with seven interceptions. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Asante Samuel leads the NFL with seven interceptions. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Asante Samuel leads the NFL with seven interceptions, is having perhaps one of his best seasons, but that apparently isn't enough in the eyes of Deion Sanders.

Asked recently on NFL Network to give his opinion on the Eagles cornerback, Sanders said that Samuel was the best off-cornerback in the game.

Apparently, that wasn't enough of a compliment in Samuel's eyes. Samuel wants to be considered the best corner in the game.

Wednesday morning, Samuel tweeted this: "@DeionSanders is the biggest hater in the world. He ain't no real FL boy he is a fake. FL boys keep it real. Men lie women lie numbers don't."

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Asked for a comment on Sanders, Samuel said, "He's a hater. Write that."

Samuel is going to sit out practice today with a knee sprain. His status for Sunday is up in the air. In his absence, Joselio Hanson will take the repetitions at right cornerback in practice.

Samuel picked off Eli Manning twice in Sunday's win and also recovered a fumble. He was fined $40,000, however, for his hit on a defenseless receiver (Derek Hagan) in the game. The fine was originally $50,000, but Eagles coach Andy Reid was able to get $10,000 knocked off with a call to the league office, Samuel said.

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Todd Herremans responded to Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty's accusation that the Eagles guard played dirty in Sunday night's game.

"It took me off guard a little bit," Herremans said Wednesday. "Me and Chris have played against each other for a long time. So I would hope that he knows I'm not a dirty player. But he's entitled to his opinion. I've never played the game of football in my entire life with the intent of hurting anybody. My job, first and foremost, is to protect the quarterback and keep unnecessary hits off him."

Herremans was called for two penalties in the game -- nce for tripping and the second time for a cut block. He was fined $5,000 for the latter penalty.

“When you talk about players doing that to one another ... playing hard, playing between the whistles is one thing," Canty told the Newark Star-Ledger. "But that was a dirty play. I think we all can agree on that.”

Canty also said “that kind of behavior, it’s either taught or it’s allowed."

"I don't think too much about that," Herremans said. "I'm trying to focus on the Chicago Bears, unless he gets traded to the Bears this week, I'm not too worried about it."

But the Eagles and Giants do face eachother again in less than month. New York hosts the Eagles at the Meadowlands on Dec. 19.

Should be a good one.

 

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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