Kelly apologizes for swearing

Mike Kelly apologized for his comments to a radio station that interviewed him live on the air....

Mike Kelly apologized for his comments to a radio station that interviewed him live on the air. (Sun Media/Brian Donogh)

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:38 PM ET

Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike Kelly issued a statement of apology in the wee hours of Monday morning after swearing on-air during a post-game interview with the club's radio rights holder following the club's 48-13 loss to the Alouettes in Montreal on Sunday.

Kelly also abruptly ended the interview after callously cursing on air, taking umbrage with the go-betweens the club and the ticket-buying public.

Although Kelly apparently claimed he would not apologize for the classless act, word is that club president/CEO Lyle Bauer gave him no choice.

Here is the statement:

"To all Bomber fans and anyone who may have taken offence to my reaction and comments to interviewers during the post-game show following our game against the Alouettes, I extend my sincere apologies.

"I could not concur nor accept the assertions made by the interviewers that our players were 'unfocused' and looking towards our next contest. As the coach of these men, I know the professionalism and dedication which they commit in their preparation for each and every game. This group leaves it all on the field week in and week out, regardless of the outcome.

"The fact of the matter is that on this day we were not the better team, which I take responsibility for and congratulate the Montreal Alouettes on their win.

"I remain steadfast in my support and defence of our players, their professionalism, and commitment to our fans and the Blue Bomber organization. This is a special group of men who have fought through significant adversity this season and a group I am very privileged and pleased to have the honour of coaching.

"Once again, my apologies go out to those who may have been offended by my comments this afternoon."


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