The Broncos’ top-ranked receiver said Sunday he never had any ill will toward Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Joe Woods and wasn’t going to apologize for getting into a Twitter spat with quarterback Peyton Manning during the team’s win over the New York Giants.
“No, I’m not.
I don’t want my time here to be tainted by anything,” Soto said during an appearance on the NFL Network.
“I’m not saying anything negative about the organization.
I’m just saying what I said.
I never want my teammates or anybody else to have to go through something like this.”
After the Broncos beat the Giants 34-23 in the AFC Championship Game, Woods tweeted, “Just heard Gabby Soto has a very strong opinion about @PeytonManning and the Broncos organization.
Apologize for any hurt feelings.”
Soto responded, “Yeah, I said he deserved it.
And I’ve already apologized.”
Sotos statement came after Manning told reporters Sunday that he was “not offended” by Soto’s comments and would “make sure” Soto wasn’t a distraction in the locker room.
Manning was asked if he would have apologized if Soto had been a teammate of his, to which he replied, “I would have.
I’d have apologized.”
Manning also said he did not want to be accused of being a “troublemaker” after being named to the Pro Bowl in 2017.
“He was a great player for us,” Manning said.
“When I said it, I meant it.
I had a lot of fun with him.”