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As a follow-up to gaz0425’s diary here, I'm linking to Matt Mosley who posted an interview with Jon Kitna over at Hashmarks. Here are a couple of the good parts relating to his comments from last year that were "taken out of context."

On whether he's aware of the reaction to comments he made on a Seattle radio station in January by several of Dallas' players: The media department here prepared me for that and told me about that. That was something that unfortunately has been taken as something that was serious. It was something that I said to my hometown radio station after our season was over, and we were having a good time back there. It was really nothing that was a personal thing. It was just that we were trying to have fun on a radio station back there. Unfortunately it's been used in a way that I was trying to degrade players and that's really not what it was about.

On if the quotes look different on paper then they were implied: Yeah. We were having a good time back there. It's my hometown radio station that I talk to frequently and things like that. I understand the radio station fodder and all that stuff. We were just trying to have a good time with it and unfortunately it was taken out of tone or the context that it was in.

On if they can do anything now about the quotes about the Dallas players: Are they going to want to hit me harder? I doubt it. This is the NFL. They are good football players. Obviously they don't need any extra motivation because they are 11-1 and a good football team. That is kind of a story that exists down there that really I don't feel like is an issue because comments were taken in a way that I didn't say them.

Don’t you just love the "taken out of context" excuse? If you cheat on your girlfriend or wife, just tell her she’s taking the whole thing out of context. If you get busted by the cops for speeding, tell them this is totally out of context. Didn’t pay your taxes to the IRS, that’s simply a matter of context. Knock a QB silly on Sunday so that he’s seeing #56 in his sleep? Now that’s in context.

Expect a Jay Ratliff love-letter from the media in the morning because they sure asked enough questions about him in today’s press conference. Also, expect a Scouting Report from yours truly on the Lions tomorrow.

Sean Yuille is the man that runs the Detroit Lions blog for SB Nation and he’s a good one. Go visit him at Pride of Detroit.