ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said Thursday he regretted mentioning 9/11 in a 2019 training camp talk with his team and "immediately apologized" to his players.
McDermott emphasized Thursday he made the comments "to discuss the importance of communication and being on the same page with the team." He said he "regretted mentioning 9/11 in my message that day and I immediately apologized to the team. Not only was 9/11 a horrific event in our country's history, but a day that I lost a good family friend."
As first reported by Go Long, McDermott told players in a speech to model coming together similar to the terrorists on 9/11, asking players in the room questions about how the attacks were executed, and referencing the hijackers getting on the same page.