In the past few months, the friendship of a former football player and a former high school football player has been a source of friction between the two families.
After a recent news conference at a Los Angeles high school, the players and coaches at a nearby school expressed their disapproval of the media coverage, citing how they felt it was unfair to them.
The players have also been criticized for wearing T-shirts that showed a picture of a gun and a quote from President Donald Trump.
It wasn’t the first time the two sides clashed in public.
In the days following the news conference, the families of former and current NFL players were asked by the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets if they would consider wearing T.V. posters of Trump and a gun in their schools to honor the memory of former quarterback Andrew Luck.
On Friday, a day after the players wore the T-shirt, the former players released a statement in which they also shared their thoughts about the situation.
“We have seen some comments about us that have been deeply hurtful, hurtful to our families, and hurtful in how they have treated us in our time of need,” the statement read.
“I would like to apologize for the way we have been treated during the past weeks, and I would like our families to know that our pain is genuine and we are not seeking to hurt anyone.
We want to take this opportunity to reflect on how we have handled this difficult time, and how we can continue to support each other and our families.” “
As a family, we are still dealing with the aftermath of our loss and the pain that we have felt.
We want to take this opportunity to reflect on how we have handled this difficult time, and how we can continue to support each other and our families.”
The statement continued, “I want to say a word to our parents, our friends, our teammates, and all of our family.
I know how much you’ve loved and supported us during this difficult period, and that will always be a part of our relationship with you.
We love you as much as you love us.
I want to be clear that this has been an emotionally and physically difficult time for us and we want to offer our sincere apologies to our family, friends, teammates, coaches, and fans for any pain we have caused.”
The two sides are now set to meet in the coming days to discuss what to do next, with the expectation that a settlement could be reached.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the NFL and the former team will meet again before the start of the regular season.
The league has also promised to work with the former player’s family to “move forward with this important conversation.”