On Saturday, former Kansas City Chiefs running back Le’Veon Bell made waves with an Instagram post where he said negative things about Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. In response to a fan talking about an expensive tab at McDonald’s, Bell said he’d rather retire than play for Reid again.
On Sunday evening, however, Bell addressed his Instagram reply on Twitter, saying that he “didn’t regret” making the statement — and said that he had a right to express his personal opinion.
I said what I said & I don’t regret at all what I said...for those who have a PERSONAL PROBLEM with me because of what I SAID, that’s fine...you have your right! just understand I ALSO have MY RIGHT for how I feel about MY PERSONAL problem with dude because of what HE SAID to me— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) June 14, 2021
Then he sought to clarify a perception raised by the original Instagram reply: that he had not enjoyed his time in Kansas City.
never did I say I didn’t enjoy my time in KC, because I loved my time there, and was probably the closest locker room full of players I ever been around...I enjoyed my teammates, the city, food, the fans, just about everything in KC...— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) June 14, 2021
In another, he apologized — not for his views about Reid, but rather for making them public on social media.
I’ll admit that’s somethin I could’ve and should’ve kept to myself & I apologize about that and that only... but I don’t regret what I said, because that’s how I feel...— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) June 14, 2021
And he also made it clear that he is not interested in clarifying the specifics about his issues with the Chiefs’ head coach.
I’m not about to get all into depth on why I feel the way I do, but I have my right to feel the way I feel...the ONLY thing I would change is commenting how i really felt on social media...— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) June 14, 2021
Bell, 29, joined the Chiefs in mid-October after beginning the season with the New York Jets. The former Pittsburgh Steelers running back — who sat out the 2018 season in a contract dispute — had signed with the Jets in 2019, but had been released after appearing in only two Jets games last season. After averaging just 3.3 yards per carry in New York, he averaged 4.0 in 63 carries over the course of nine 2020 Chiefs games.