Rod Marinelli issued a swift apology on Wednesday for his choice of words in brushing off three Detroit sportswriters on Monday at the Senior Bowl.
Approached in the bleachers in Mobile, Ala., Marinelli said, ``Goodbye, ladies,'' when making it clear to the reporters--all male--that he was not going to entertain their questions.
The Detroit Free Press wrote that the Association for Women in Sports Media contacted the NFL after learning of the incident and president Jenni Carlson expressed concern over Marinelli's words.
Through team spokesman Scott Hagel, an apology from Marinelli was issued: ``Please accept my personal apology for the words I used in response to the request of a few Detroit reporters covering the Senior Bowl. In attempting to avoid being interviewed, I understand that my comment was inappropriate and wrong.
``I want to assure you that this tone and this choice of words will not occur again in response to questions from reporters.''
Carslon was pleased by the apology.