- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 5, 2007

3:58 p.m.

In his first comments to local reporters since he defended Michael Vick and cracked jokes about dog fighting last month in Virginia Beach, Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis on Tuesday called his comments “inconsiderate.”

“I didn’t understand the seriousness behind them,” Portis said outside Redskin Park. “I didn’t know it would effect that many people and at the time, I didn’t think what I said was offensive. … After seeing how serious people took them, I shouldn’t have made the comments.”

Portis was interviewed by a Norfolk, Va., television station during the Redskins’ Beach Blitz. Standing alongside Chris Samuels, Portis said Vick had a right to do what he wanted on his property.

The Atlanta Falcons quarterback is being investigated for his involvement in possible dog-fighting on property he owns in Virginia.

“I’m going to leave it alone, hope it dies down and I hope people understand that, at the time, I had no idea the love people have for animals,” Portis said. “I was inconsiderate for making those comments.”

Portis also said his hand, shoulder and knee injuries won’t prevent him from being ready for training camp in late July. He will be limited to walk-throughs and rehabilitation during the Redskins’ full-squad mini camp June 15-17.

In mid May, Portis complained of knee soreness, which was diagnosed as patella tendinitis.

“I’ll definitely be ready for training camp,” he said. “The knee is fine. Everything is on schedule and healing.”

Read more about Portis and the Redskins in tomorrow’s Washington Times.

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