Friday, September 4, 2015

Weaver to Eagles: "You don't have to lie"

UPDATE:

Weaver to Eagles: "You don't have to lie"

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UPDATE:

Leonard Weaver tweeted what could be interpreted as a response to the Eagles saying that they had informed the fullback that he had been released Thursday, contradicting what he wrote later that evening after it was announced.

He tweeted the following Friday afternoon:

"Hey just a lesson to everyone...... You don't have to lie about anything to cover your butt. Just tell the truth the first time."

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He lated added the following, directly mentioning the Eagles in a series of tweets:

"I have received emails and comments about the way the Eagles chose to go about handling me ... And as I stated before, I don't like the fact that they didn't at least call and tell me what they were going to do."

FROM EARLIER:

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Moments after he was released, in a series of Twitter posts, former Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver claimed that the team had not informed him that he had been cut after he failed a physical at Lehigh University.

"Now I have mixed feeling about that because I gave everything I had to the organization, and I would think that they would atleast call," Weaver wrote Thursday night. "And Let me know what was going on, but as I have learned over the years fans, business is business."

A reporter also initially wrote on Twitter that Weaver had not known about his release until he had called him for comment.

Eagles spokesman Derrick Boyko, though, said Friday morning that two team employees informed Weaver that he had been released.

A message left with Weaver this morning was not immediately returned.

Weaver was due to earn $2.5 million this season, but he will still earn $1 million, according to his agent Harold Lewis. The amiable fullback signed a three-year, $11.2 million contract in March, 2010, the largest contract ever for a NFL fullback at the time.

But in the first game of the 2010 season Weaver suffered a gruesome knee injury in which he tore his ACL and PCL and suffered nerve damage. He also had to undergo a tendon transfer surgery on his left foot. The chances of Weaver ever playing football have been described as remote but he has claimed repeatedly that he expects to return to the NFL.

In the meantime, he will be compensated through the NFL's disability program for injured players.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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