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Apologetic Austin Seferian-Jenkins said his actions will not happen again

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins says he is sorry.

Really sorry.

Really, really sorry.

Got it? A contrite Seferian-Jenkins, tossed out of practice by Tampa Bay Bucs’ head coach Dirk Koetter, apologized for his actions and, later, his reaction in a social media war with fans. He says it will not happen again.

“We have a certain standard here at One Buc that needs to be upheld and I didn’t uphold my end of the bargain,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “I was asked to leave and I left. It completely falls on my shoulders for not being prepared to do what I needed to be doing. It’s a learning process and I’m ready today and I’m excited to get back to work and put this behind me because it’s not what’s important. I’m ready to get to work and I’m ready to hold up the standard I’m capable of, what you expect of me, what the fans expect of me, what the coaches expect of me and what my teammates expect of me. What happened was not okay and it won’t happen again.”

 Seferian-Jenkins said head coach Dirk Koetter was right in throwing him out of practice.

“I wasn’t prepared to come to work and I didn’t do what was asked of me,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “I was asked to leave, like I said before, and [Head] Coach [Dirk Koetter] was 100 percent right in doing what he was doing, and I stand right behind my coach and what he did.”

Seferian-Jenkins apologized to fans for his exchange on Twitter.

“At the end of the day, it was a lapse of judgment,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “Obviously, it was not a good day. Like I said, I got sent off the field, I was frustrated and I took it out. I took it out on the fans and that’s not fair to them at all, because all they want is a winner, all they want is for me to be successful and all they want me to be is great. So they’re just pushing me to be great and I need to respect that. For any of the fans I offended, I’m sorry. I can’t wait to get to work and be the best tight end I can be for you guys, so you can support me.”

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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