KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Bears DE Julius Peppers is in somewhat of a precarious situation this week at the Pro Bowl.
You see, if Maurice Jones-Drew, who’s not here, started the curious case of Jay Cutler with his original tweet about the Bears’ QB “quitting” on his team in the NFC Championship Game, then Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett, who is an NFC alternate, hammered the message home with this doozy on Twitter: “If I’m on chicago team jay cutler has to wait till me and the team shower get dressed and leave before he comes in the locker room!”
So now Peppers is here this week, very close to Dockett, with the two of them in the same position group and spending just about every minute of every practice together. Awkward?
“There isn’t even nothing to squash. Dock is Dock,” Peppers said. “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. He had his opinion. It may not be true, you now what I mean? But it’s not really a big deal. It’s been overblown.”
Maybe not exactly what Cutler would hope to hear. But, Peppers did come to his quarterback’s defense in the grand scheme of this crazy situation.
“You’ve got to understand that it’s easy to sit on your couch and criticize somebody that’s playing,” Peppers said. “You could never really understand how much pain somebody else is going through. I know Jay. He is a tough guy, and I know he would never quit on the team like that.”