Bomber coach defends remark

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:50 PM ET

Mike Kelly has gone to an online fan forum to defend and explain what he said about former Bomber GM Brendan Taman earlier this week.

The new Winnipeg head coach posted a 1,130-word message on the bluebombers.com fan forum this morning, saying that he wasn't trying to cause a stir but to make a point.

"I meant by no means to discredit Brendan Taman as a man or for his accomplishments during his decade of service to the Winnipeg Football Club and apparently the fire storm stoked by certain media members has engulfed the positive aspects of our first 60 days in office with flames," Kelly wrote.

"Never did I make any remarks downgrading the quality of the individuals that Mr. Taman signed for the football club that I care most about in my 29 years in this business. Never did I directly call Mr. Taman a 'media darling.'

"... The 'media darling' quote was simply a phrase used to drive the point home that (new director of player personnel John Murphy) will not be readily available to the media."

To read Kelly's entire post, visit www.bluebombers.com


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