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Wes Welker on infamous press conference: 'I do regret it'

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  January 25, 2011 08:01 AM

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It sounds like Wes Welker put his foot in his mouth after all.

The Patriots wide receiver admitted to the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian yesterday that he regretted his press conference during the week leading up to the AFC divisional playoff matchup with the Jets when the wide receiver made numerous foot references to send a not-so-thinly-veiled message to the Jets and their coach Rex Ryan, who has an alleged foot fetish.

Welker, who spoke to the Herald in San Francisco while awaiting his flight to Hawaii, where he’s about to make his third Pro Bowl appearance, was asked if he regretted making the foot references. "Yeah, sure I do," he told Guregian. " ... I’m not going to get into any details about it, but I don’t think it’s worth putting coach (Bill Belichick) in that situation. So in a sense, I do regret it. ... As much as you might want to get enticed into that stuff, at the end of the day, it’s just not worth it."

Welker was benched for the first offensive series against the Jets by Belichick, allegedly for making the foot references when the team was instructed not to respond to the Jets' over-the-top trash talking. Welker has not addressed the benching, which became a hot topic following the Patriots' 28-21 loss to the Jets.

Welker admitted to the Herald that it’s very difficult not to respond to the trash talk, but it’s still the right approach in his mind.

"You know what, I think the best way to stick up for your teammate is on the field," Welker said. "I like the fact we don’t get caught up in all that stuff. At the end of the day, it’s about football. That’s what it’s supposed to be about. That’s all that matters. It’s concentrating on your job and what you do, and not concentrating on the riff-raff that goes with all that other stuff. It’s about the team and going out there and playing good football. And not getting caught up in all the media hype. It’s just not worth it.

"It’s not always easy to keep a lid on it,” Welker continued, "but at the same time, there’s a greater goal, and that’s winning the game and playing good football. That’s what matters. All that other stuff doesn’t matter at the end of the day."

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