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Greg McElroy Apologizes For His Comments About Tony Vitello Following National Championship

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Tennessee Baseball HC Tony Vitello. Photo via Tennessee Athletics.

A day after ripping Tennessee baseball coach Tony Vitello, former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy apologized on his morning radio show “McElroy and Cubelic.”

Here is McElroy’s complete apology.

“I want to start by apologizing to Tony Vitello and the Tennessee Volunteers,” McElroy said. “I took my shot at them yesterday and it was unnecessary. My frustrations about where we’re at in society boiled over. It was unnecessary. Yesterday should have been a day of celebration of what Tennessee accomplished on the baseball field as opposed to a streaming consciousness, basically diatribe, about all the things that are bothering me right now in my personal life and all the things that are bothering me right now with where we’re at in society. Apologize to Tony Vitello. Apologize to Tennessee fans and the Tennessee baseball program. And know that I am as happy for you for bringing it home two nights ago as anybody that wears crimson and white in their college experience. Happy for that and it wasn’t the right place or time so I want everyone to understand that I am very very sorry and I will celebrate with you moving forward as opposed to being frustrated by little nitpicking moments that might have rubbed me the wrong way. I really really apologize. It wasn’t right and it won’t happen again.”

The day after Tennessee baseball won its first ever National Championship, McElroy ripped the way Vitello celebrated the championship on the field after the game.

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Here was McElroy’s original comments that angered Vol fans on Tuesday.

“I just wish he doesn’t have the antics that he does. He’s like a WWE character and it’s embarrassing. Seriously, to be an adult and I’d be appalled. I really would. I know he wins and he’s great and the kids love him and all that stuff, it’s awesome, but if that was the leader of my organization I’d have to have a little talking to him. I just would. It’s unbelievable. The team a couple years ago I think lost the National Championship, and they had the best team— that team was probably better than this team and I think they lost it because they didn’t harness their emotions and it’s great to lean into that but man, like I said, it’s a tough team to root for. Goodness gracious. His antics after the game last night were embarrassing. Seriously. Have some class. You just won a National Championship. Have some class. WWE, with all due respect, not class. Just not.”

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