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Buccaneers’ Carlton Davis answers question from reporter who had heated exchange with Giovani Bernard


ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter Jenna Laine has publicly apologized for her trade to running back Giovani Bernard following the Bucs’ loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

But when Laine asked Carlton Davis a question during his media availability on Wednesday, the cornerback ignored it and used it as a moment to reflect on the back and forth.

Carlton Davis III of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts in the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 27, 2022 in Cleveland.
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“There’s an incident with Gio Bernard, and as a team we just feel like the people who are supposed to be on our side should be on our side, and because it’s happening to him, we understand that. can happen to any of us,” Davis said.

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“So right now we just think it’s a sensitive topic to talk about when we talk to you and how vulnerable we can be at times. I don’t want to yell at anyone, but it’s just a question I respect you by doing your job You respect me by doing my job

Laine was criticized for posting her and other reporters’ exchange with Bernard after the Bucs’ tough loss. Reporters wanted to speak with Bernard because he was part of a crucial fake punt that went wrong.

“Oh, now you want to talk to me,” Bernard said.

Laine replied that Bernard had been “injured all year”, adding that Bernard had spoken to reporters about his injury. Injured players are not required to speak to the media.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Giovani Bernard (25) warms up before a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on August 13, 2022 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Giovani Bernard (25) warms up before a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on August 13, 2022 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
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Another reporter asked, “What did you do to keep us talking to you all year?”

In a lengthy Twitter post, Laine first said she apologized to Bernard, saying there was “no upside” and that “my intention was not to make one. moment of ‘gotcha’, but to illustrate how tense things can get in the dressing room when a team fails to live up to their expectations.”

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“My intention was for these athletes to not get to where they are by holding hands, they are some of the toughest people on the planet and responsibility is part of their daily lives. I realize that this is turned out to be cruel and insensitive. In no way was I trying to weaponize his hurt against him either by pointing it out,” she explained.

“The hardest thing about it was that in that moment I became what I swore I would never be, a lack of empathy, and that was something we really needed here. “

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Bernard complied and took the blame for the fake punt.

The Bucs lead the NFC South despite going 6-8.

Fox News’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report.

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