Former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey today apologized on his Twitter account for his behavior during Sunday's game against the Saints.
WWL Saints Radio reporter Kristian Garic describes what happened as the former Saints tight end stood at mid-field.
"After the Panthers had a long touchdown run by Deangelo Williams, Shockey immediately turned to the Saints bench and grabbed his crotch, and proceeded to just hold it there while facing the Saints bench," according to Garic.
Today, Shockey posted the following three "Tweets" on his page:
"I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have. Need to get more chances to help my team win."
"I hold myself accountable. It was a classless move by me. No one takes losses worse than me."
"All the rings I won from high school, college, and in the pro level really means nothing.. Competing means everything!!"
It is unclear from the Tweets whether Shockey was apologizing for the gesture, for heading quickly to the locker room without having anything to say to his former teammates, or for both.
Before his current stint with the Panthers, Shockey spent the past three seasons with the Saints, helping them win the Super Bowl two seasons ago. But the Saints cut the 31-year-old after last season.
Speaking last week before the Saints/Panthers game, Shockey said, "I have a lot of respect for everyone in that organization, but that was first time I have ever been cut or released in my life so I'm not going to sit here and say I don't have a bitter taste in my mouth about being pushed off to side and being told, 'See you, good luck,'"
In a conference call earlier in the week, Saints coach Sean Payton called Shockey one of his favorite players he's ever coached and said he was instrumental in the development of current Saints tight end Jimmy Graham.
"I'm a huge fan of his," Payton said of Shockey prior to the game. "What you're seeing from Jimmy Graham are the same things we saw from Jeremy Shockey in his earlier years."
Last week, Shockey smirked when told Payton considered him one of his favorite players.
"If I was one of his favorite players I might still be there," Shockey said at the time.