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Super Bowl 2012: Osi Umenyiora Apologizes For 'Misunderstanding'

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has issued a statement apologizing for missing Wednesday’s mandatory media session. Umenyiora’s wallet is $20,000 lighter after he was fined by the NFL for the transgression.

Here is Umenyiora’s statement:

“I misunderstood the schedule. It won’t happen again, and I will be at tomorrow’s media session and available after the game. I apologize for any inconvenience my absence this morning may have caused.”

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News seemed to question the sincerity of Umenyiora’s apology.

Vacchiano said Umenyiora is a “chronic violator” of the NFL’s Media Policy during the regular season and added that Umenyiora was the only player for either team who missed today’s mandatory 45-minute session with reporters.

— See Big Blue View for more discussion and analysis of the Giants leading up to Super Bowl XLVI. See Pats Pulpit for discussion and analysis from a New England point of view.