Marcus Gilbert seeks to clarify comments that he ‘disappointed’ Steelers fans
A day after an ESPN report came out that relayed comments Marcus Gilbert made shortly after a March trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Arizona Cardinals, Gilbert sought to clarify his words.
“Very disappointed, misrepresentation,” a post to the verified Twitter account of Gilbert read Friday.
It appears, however, that Gilbert’s issue wasn’t with ESPN’s reporting but with that of another outlet that aggregated ESPN’s report. Gilbert directed a message at a Pro Football Talk writer and said: “crazy how you write a headline to attract people to reading your story. Pathetic.”
Gilbert’s primary message read, “PSA: A recent article came out about my trade to Arizona that did not accurately reflect my feelings. #1 I am ecstatic to be an Arizona Cardinal. I’m excited about being with the Cardinals organization and looking forward to this season. #2 The only counseling I’ve had this past year was family counseling with my fiancee.”
— Marcus Gilbert (@MarcusGilbert88) May 17, 2019
Gilbert briefly engaged in a back-and-forth with Pro Football Talk, but he has since deleted his tweets.
An article that was published on ESPN’s website Thursday quoted Gilbert as saying, “I felt like I disappointed a lot of people in Steeler Nation. It hasn’t been easy.” It also included word of Gilbert attending therapy sessions, and that the Steelers “respect me, but you have to understand it’s a business.”
Gilbert was traded for a sixth-round pick after eight seasons, 88 games and 87 starts for the Steelers. He played in only 12 games the past two seasons, missing time because of hamstring and quad injuries – as well as for a 2017 suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy.
When he’s on the field, Marcus Gilbert is considered one of the unsung right tackles in the game. The trouble is, he has played a 16-game schedule just twice in seven seasons.https://t.co/ApLGuOjmmn
— Tribune-ReviewSports (@TribSports) July 13, 2018
The Steelers selected Akron linebacker Ulysees Gilbert with the pick the Cardinals sent them for Gilbert (No. 207 overall).
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .