Lewis 'explains' himself

Nik Lewis had little to say about the return of offensive lineman Jesse Newman. (QMI Agency/Al...

Nik Lewis had little to say about the return of offensive lineman Jesse Newman. (QMI Agency/Al Charest)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:34 PM ET

Nik Lewis joked that he was looking for a "Hot Tub Time Machine."

Although he likely wouldn't mind a mulligan, the outspoken slotback also stopped short of apologizing for teeing off on suddenly-unretired offensive lineman Jesse Newman prior to Monday's Calgary Stampeder Golf Tournament.

After first refusing to comment, Lewis told the Calgary Sun "I don't like Jesse" and "I'm not going to talk about somebody who has retired and come out of retirement."

On Tuesday morning, he logged on to his Twitter account to offer an explanation of sorts.

"I can't win tweets,I say I am not talking about some1 and it's like I fought pitbulls.let me know if u think I am wrong?," Lewis wrote. "I would rather talk about Joffrey,Hank,Jon Cornish, Rambo,BB,DA,J Simpson, those guys deserve all the articles."

At 7-1 and sitting atop the CFL's West Division standings, the last thing the Stampeders need is a locker-room feud. In fact, Lewis asked his Twitter followers Tuesday morning to pay attention to the positives.

"If I wanted to bash a guy I would come on Twitter and bash him,but I don't," he wrote. "Let's not take the focus off of what the stamps have done!!!!!"

The apparent rift between Lewis and Newman will only add to speculation the Stamps are shopping the 27-year-old guard, who retired two days before training camp and spent the summer at home in Powell River, B.C.

When he rejoined the squad Sunday morning, Newman admitted the reaction from his teammates was "mixed."

"A lot of guys were real happy to see me, but it's hard to come back in this situation," Newman said. "There are a lot of guys that are a little bitter that I went home for the summer, and now I'm back and they're kicking ass. A lot of people might perceive that the wrong way -- that I'm sitting at home and they're doing good and, all of a sudden, I want to come back, which is ridiculous.

"I'm trying to prove those guys wrong. I have to come in here like a rookie and completely re-establish myself on this team. And pretty much, the most important is just earning the guys' respect back."

The Stamps are off Tuesday but will return to the field Wednesday to prepare for the Labour Day Classic against the Edmonton Eskimos.


Videos

Photos