Jared Allen continues to dig himself deeper into the hole that started when he mouthed-off about two upcoming Viking opponents Detroit & New Orleans last week.
The controversy began last week on Allen's KFAN radio show when the Vikings' DE said "There's two cities like I don't go out to eat or don't do anything. It's Detroit and New Orleans," Allen said. "New Orleans looks like I'm driving through a third-world country. Every time I get off the plane, I'm like, "Oh, flak jacket!" I'm trying to get down. I'm like, "Ah, crap, I can't carry my gun here. This sucks."
If you're not convinced Allen's idiotic remarks are substantial proof he's taken too many hits to the head, wait until you hear his idea of "damage control" during a conference call with Saints reporters yesterday.
When asked point-blank if he understood why his remarks would upset New Orleanians still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, Allen responded we should "lighten the heck up."
"I didn't make any comments about Katrina," Allen said. "I guess what's weird is, you know, I make comments about cities I play in all the time. But I guess people got their feelings hurt. Again, I said it was about the city, nothing about the people. My heart went out to everybody in Katrina. Again, it was just [comments] about the drive from the hotel to the airport on my radio show. It was funny. People got their feelings hurt. Lighten the heck up."
Allen went on to dismiss his remarks as "a little joke, a little satire; I didn't realize so many people would get their feelings hurt over it." He told WWL Radio's Saints sideline reporter Kristian Garic: "If it behooves everybody, if people's feelings are that hurt, I apologize if people's feelings were hurt. I was simply making a statement about the drive from the airport to the hotel. I think you guys know the condition of the houses right by the airport, they're all abandoned and stuff."
If??? After the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, comparing New Orleans to the likes of Haiti, Somalia, and Bangladesh not only insults New Orleans--it insults REAL Third World Countries where everyday suffering is on a scale Americans can't even IMAGINE.
And that's coming from a Katrina survivor whose home was completely destroyed after it sat in 12 feet of water for two weeks.
Allen added his description of New Orleans as a "Third World country" was "Nothing against the people of New Orleans. The drive from the airport isn't the prettiest drive in the world. It's all abandoned buildings, burned-down buildings."
What "burned-down buildings" would those be, Jared? Louis Armstrong International Airport is located in the suburb of Kenner in adjoining Jefferson Parish 14 miles from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kenner received a fraction of the damage that New Orleans did from Katrina SIX YEARS AGO, which has long since been repaired.
So not only is Jared Allen classless, he is, shall we say, disingenuous. Jared, if you're going to take cheap shots at a city that's been through what New Orleans has at least be man enough to not LIE to cover your tracks.
Are there still devastated areas of New Orleans that sit in ruins six years after Katrina? Absolutely. But they are nowhere near the airport, nor along the Interstate 10 route to downtown New Orleans, & certainly nowhere near the high-end hotels visiting NFL teams stay downtown.
And do you think Jared Allen cares enough to have ever taken a tour to see them? Jared Allen couldn't give a rat's lower-GI-tract. This is a guy who admits he doesn't leave his hotel room when he's in New Orleans. Although Allen admits he loves our world-famous cuisine, he never ventures out to a restaurant. He just orders it from room service.
Allen explained the roots of his disdain stem from an encounter with a man vomiting on Bourbon Street during his Rookie year with the Chiefs. He told N.O.P.D. he witnessed the drunk puking around 6 p.m. on his way to dinner. The police officer advised him to stay in the middle of the street and not go down French Quarter side streets.
I think I was five years old the first time I saw a drunk puking on Bourbon Street one Mardi Gras Day, and it's never stopped me from going out in the French Quarter. And I don't even have ONE sack in the NFL.
Maybe Jared bears a grudge against New Orleans. His last visit was the 2010 season opener when the Saints whipped the Vikings 14-9. The time before, it was the NFC Championship in January, 2010 when the Saints beat the Vikings 31-28 in OT to earn our first trip to the Super Bowl (leading to our first World Championship.)
At least Allen's an Equal Opportunity Hater. Here's what he had to say about Detroit the week before: "I don't like going to Detroit. I'll be honest, it's gloomy, it sucks...If I had to live in Detroit, I think I'd just drown myself in the river that was across the way."
In last week's 34-28 loss, several Lions fans offered directions on how to get there. When the Vikings fell behind 21-0 in the 1st Quarter, Allen said a Lions fan told him he understood why he wanted to kill himself. Another fan tried to give Allen a pair of floaties.
“I thought the Detroit fans responded well,” Allen said. “It's supposed to be a rivalry. We're not supposed to like each other. I'm sorry. I don't like your city. I guarantee there are people that hate where I'm from too and it doesn't bother me. It is what it is.”
Well, Jared, let's talk about the state of your team. The Vikings' owners the Zwilf family have been making noise for years about "loading up the trucks & moving to Beverly...Hills that is." Now that Minnesota's again rebuffed their terrorist demands for a new building, it looks like an L.A. move is imminent. The Vikings are two games away from losing their lease on that shanty-town of an NFL stadium, the Metrodome. Excuse me, "Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome." They keep adding to the stadium's name to distance "Metrodome" & the phrase "roof collapse," which has occurred four times (most recently last year.) Similarly, the Vikings have collapsed their last two seasons, posting a dismal record of 2-10 this year. With 17.5 sacks, Allen leads the NFL & makes a solid-case for Defensive Player of the Year, despite his pathetic team's performance this season.
Garic later asked if he'd be offended if someone said that about his hometown. Allen replied, "To be honest, no because I don't put that much onus on where I'm from. I care about my family, the Lord Jesus Christ. If people's feelings are that hurt, I apologize. I was simply making a statement about the drive from the airport to the hotel." At least Vikings' Head Coach Leslie Frazier was not amused by Allen's comments, & met with All-Pro DE this week to discuss them. The Christian family man has been arrested and/or charged for DUI three times: first in Pocatello, ID on May 11, 2002, then twice within five months in Leawood, KS (May 11 & September 26, 2006.) The latter resulted in two convictions, two days in jail, two days in treatment, one day under house arrest, and a two-game suspension forfeiting $287,500 of his 2007 salary.
Allen's resume also includes an appearance in the un-family-friendly, not-too-Christian-values film Jackass 3D in 2010, in which he blindsides Johnny Knoxville in what's considered by many aficionados to be one of the more dangerous stunts in the film franchise.
Need I say more? Yes I do. Just one word: Mullet.
Photo: Rocksoftware's Jared Allen Official App. with the word "Unwanted" later added by person(s) unknown.