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Henson apologizes for angry tweet

September 22, 2009 12:35 am





Rookie linebacker Robert Henson apologized yesterday for remarks he posted on Twitter directed at fans who booed the Washington Redskins during Sunday's 9-7 win over the St. Louis Rams.

Most Redskins showed some restraint in publicly reacting to the boos after the game. But Henson, who was inactive for the game, did not hold back Sunday evening while posting on the micro-blogging Web site.

Henson, under the username @RedskinsLB51, wrote: "All you fake half hearted Skins fan can I won't go there but I dislike you very strongly, don't come to Fed Ex to boo dim wits!!"

The tweet instigated some fiery online exchanges with fans, during which Henson flaunted his salary, writing: "No I didn't play but I still made more than you in a year and you'd [gladly] switch spots with me in a second."

Henson apologized online Sunday and did so in front of reporters yesterday.

"I sincerely apologize to all the fans," he said. "I hope to have a long, prosperous career here, and I don't want anybody booing me or just being negative toward me. If you seen me at training camp, I sat out there for hours signing autographs because I love to do this, and the fans are really what are keeping me going."

Henson's tweets were a surprise not only because they broke protocol regarding the Redskins' reaction to their fans' cold reception, but also because of his seemingly precarious spot on the roster.

After Henson made the team out of training camp, he said director of pro personnel Morocco Brown told him he made the team by "the skin of his teeth."

Insulting fans doesn't seem like the best way to maintain his roster spot.

"I understand the weight that my words carried and how I offended some fans," Henson said. "For that, again, I apologize--not because I'm scared [of being released] but because it was the right thing to do."

Henson said that some veterans on the team counseled him about using social networking sites responsibly. He also met with coach Jim Zorn about the matter.

"Robert is a young player learning to handle his emotions during and after the game," Zorn said in a statement released by the team. "When he gets a chance to play, I want him to have this level of emotion on the field, not off the field. We had a good conversation about supporting the Redskins and the Redskins fans, and he's learned from this experience."


Zorn faced five separate questions about his play calling during his media session yesterday. The first pressed him about the option-pass running back Clinton Portis threw on third and goal from the 5-yard line in the third quarter.

Zorn stood by the play call, saying the offensive line didn't block properly and sell the run.

"It was a play that we had in our game plan," he said. "It wasn't a grab bag. Because we had been running edge runs with Clinton on the goal line, I thought, 'Here it is,' and Clinton has thrown touchdown passes before."

Though Santana Moss was the only wide receiver lined up wide on the play, and he was on the left side of the field on a play run to the right, Zorn faulted the offensive line.

"When we came off the line of scrimmage, [the linemen] came off backing up, and when teams saw that, they just played it right down the line. The safety felt it was going to be a pass," he said.


Special teams coach Danny Smith helped the Redskins avoid one more gaffe on Sunday when he alerted Zorn not to call time out before the play clock ran down with Washington protecting a lead late in the game.

Zorn welcomed the help and did not feel as if Smith had showed him up.

"We're all in it together," Zorn said. "He was helping the situation out. He wasn't hurting it. I wasn't hurt by him doing what he did."

Washington led 9-7 in the final three minutes and faced third and 3 from the St. Louis 4 when Zorn motioned for a time out. Smith, however, sprinted down the sideline screaming at Zorn not to call it so soon.

"From my vantage point there were four or five guys in front of the 25-second clock," Zorn said. "He had looked at the other clock [on the opposite end of the field. I couldn't hear him. You know how he gets going. 'Z-MAN!!!!' He just kind of got fired up about it."


Quarterback Jason Campbell suffered a sprained foot against the Rams. Zorn said Campbell could be limited in practice this week, but he expects Campbell to be ready for Sunday's game at Detroit.

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