Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols isn’t taking anything back after saying boos were the saddest part of the game after a loss to Ottawa last Friday.
“No, absolutely not. No, for sure not. I don’t want to go into more detail than that, but I don’t regret anything I said,” Nichols said.
Winnipeg’s starting quarterback was 23-for-35 with 291 yards and had two TD passes to Darvin Adams on Friday night but the Bombers got whipped 44-21 by the Redblacks. Bomber fans were restless, booing as Nichols returned to the game after missing a few plays in the fourth quarter after going down with an elbow injury.
“What I said is what I said. It’s crazy I feel like it’s been completely blown out of proportion for the amount of coverage it’s gotten. I had people from all around the league, organization, teammates, everyone messaging me. I think that everyone thought that it bothered me more than it did,’ Nichols said.
“I was more upset about the game that we had just lost and that’s kind of more of the sombre attitude in that instance. I was over it 10 minutes after the game was over. I hope everyone else can be over it now. It’s not the first time I’ve been booed, I know it’s not the last time. That’s not something that weighs on my mind or effects me in any way.”
Nichols is 4-2 this season since missing the first the first three games with a knee injury (rookie Chris Streveler was 1-2 in his absence) and the Bombers are 27-13 since head coach Mike O’Shea installed him as the starter in July of 2016 (O’Shea was 13-28 as head coach up to that point.)
“I was completely over it immediately post-interview. To me, it wasn’t even that big of a deal. It was probably the way I said it because I was upset about the fact that we just lost the game. Five minutes before that was the final whistle. Sometimes it’s tough doing interviews right after games, there’s a lot of emotions. I completely understand, I’ve been booed before and will be booed again I’m sure,” Nichols said
“Hopefully everyone can move on because I think it’s been completely blown into something that it wasn’t. I’m over it, done talking about it, moving on to Calgary.”
O’Shea felt he didn’t need to speak with Nichols about his comments.
“No, no, there’s nothing to talk about, he’s a pro. I know how passionate he is about the game, I don’t need to address that at all. That’s driven by the media, a comment is made and it’s probably easy to make news out of that. I don’t think much of it really, there is a lot of frustration after a game. Matt said what he said and I don’t think his remarks were that bad, but people can take it however they want to take it,” O’Shea said.
“This is why you want to be in this market because the fans are passionate and they care.”