Former Giants receiver Amani Toomer yesterday ripped NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his handling of the labor situation, saying Goodell created a "Gestapo-type situation" with the way he wields power.
Tonight, Toomer has offered an apology, sending emails to some reporters expressing his regret about the comments.
"I think the way Mr. Goodell has handled this, the way he's kind of using his power, is like the kind of a Gestapo-type situation, controlling the players, not letting the judicial system do its work," Toomer said in an interview that was repeated this morning on ESPN radio. "It rubs a lot of players the wrong way, and that's why you see a lot of players now lashing out at Mr. Goodell."
In Nazi Germany during the 1930's and 1940's, the "Gestapo" was the name of Hitler's secret police. The Gestapo was also responsible for setting up and administering Nazi concentration camps.
In an email he went out tonight, Toomer wrote:
"I know most of you have seen or heard my comments from yesterday about Commissioner Goodell. Some of you have probably already, rightfully, taken me to task for my remarks. I want to offer this apology.
Obviously I didn't fully understand the meaning of what I said. I do now. It was a stupid, inappropriate and offensive thing to say. I apologize for my choice of words, and I apologize to Commissioner Goodell for the offensive characterization.