Seahawks Bobby Wagner Says He Mishandled the Situation with Earl Thomas

Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said he regrets how he handled himself in response to comments that teammate Earl Thomas made after the team’s blowout loss on Sunday, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Wagner called it a learning experience and a product of his emotions running hot after the Seahawks were beaten 42-7 by the division-rival Los Angeles Rams at CenturyLink Field. It was their most lopsided defeat of the Pete Carroll era.

Wagner and Carroll said the two players have since ironed things out. Thomas, though, denied that he and Wagner have spoken about the exchange.

Wagner took issue with Thomas telling reporters postgame that he didn’t think Wagner should have played on his injured hamstring. In a tweet that he deleted minutes later, Wagner told Thomas to “keep my name out yo mouth.”

Wagner addressed the incident at the start of his press conference on Wednesday.

“I was listening to a Kevin Hart interview last week and in the interview he was kind of talking about the way he kinda handles issues and handles things. He likes to face them head-on,” Wagner said. “I don’t want to run from them. I’m pretty sure ya’ll going to ask, so in regards to everything that happened, do I feel like I mishandled the situation? Yeah, there was a better way of going about the situation. I coulda did better.

“It’s one of those things where you live and you learn. That’s kinda what it is. I think it’s just one of those things; it’s just a frustrating game, a frustrating situation. The game didn’t go as well as we planned. Emotions get high and things of that nature, so everybody has emotions, and you can’t always act on them. I’m man enough to admit that I handled the situation wrong and I will do better moving forward. But like I said, we live and we learn; I’m happy to move forward.”


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