TE Vernon Davis
RE: What happened before you left the field?
â€œI made a play, tapped the guy on his chin â€" I didnâ€™t mean anything by it â€" but they called a flag. He was talking trash, of course. I didnâ€™t take it personally â€" I wasnâ€™t swinging or anything. I just did like this. I came back to the sideline and Coach [Singletary] said, â€˜Vernon, you canâ€™t do that, you have to be smart.â€™ Coach Singletary told me to go sit down, and after a while, he told me to just take a shower and take it in. Heâ€™s a good coach. Coach Singletary is an emotional guy, just like myself. He wants to win, and I did exactly what he told me to do. He is the head coach, and I listen to him. He just told me to come in, and I went in.â€
RE: What was he talking to you about when he sat next to you on the bench?
â€œHe was just talking about the game. He said, â€˜Vernon, youâ€™ve got to be smart. You canâ€™t do things like that.â€™ I guess he didnâ€™t see what happened out there. I didnâ€™t swing at the guy. He saw from afar, and he probably couldnâ€™t tell what happened. Heâ€™s the head coach. I have to listen to him. Whatever he tells me to do, I have to do.â€
RE: What did Brian Russell say to you?
â€œHe just said, â€˜Good play, try again, try harder.â€™ Something like that. It didnâ€™t really bother me.â€
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RE: And then, you gave him a little tap on the chin?
â€œI tapped his facemask, and thenâ€¦I didnâ€™t say anything. We didnâ€™t exchange words or anything.â€
RE: Do you think giving you a flag was a bad call?
â€œYeah, I really think it was a bad call. I really think it was a bad call.â€
RE: What did Coach Singletary say to you in the locker room?
â€œHe didnâ€™t say anything. He just said, â€˜We have to play together. Just be smart.â€™â€
RE: Did it surprise you that he pulled you off the field?
â€œYeah, it did. I didnâ€™t know what was going on. I already know about Coach Singletary. He wants to win, and heâ€™s a hard-working guy. He wonâ€™t tolerate anything.â€
RE: So, Coach Singletary asked you to leave the field?
â€œYeah, he asked me to come inside and cool down.â€
RE: And you didnâ€™t try to argue with him?
â€œNo, not at all. Heâ€™s the head coach. I have to do anything he says to do.â€
RE: Do you think you did anything wrong?
â€œNo. Not in my eyes. I donâ€™t think I did anything wrong. If the coach thinks I did something wrong, then I have to listen to him. Heâ€™s the boss.â€