CINCINNATI, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Sincerity could have been compromised after Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones claimed that Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown was faking a concussion, before apologizing.
But Jones, as he said, is a man of his word. Jones posted to Instagram Friday to apologize to Brown. Jones had previously said on the Dan Patrick Show that a hit by teammate Vontaze Burfict was not dirty and did not hit Brown in the head.
"Man, Antonio Brown was not hurt," Jones told Patrick. "I know he was faking it. Go back and look at the play. If you go back and slow-motion the play, you tell me that Vontaze hit him in the head. Or did his shoulder pad barely touch him?"
Jones went on to say that Brown needed a "Grammy award" for the alleged acting job.
Jones also went on Inside the NFL to say that he would apologize to Brown if he was active for Saturday's divisional round matchup with the Denver Broncos. The cornerback retracted his words after finding out Brown would sit out Saturday.
"AB! My apologies, my brother," Jones said on Instagram. "I'm a man of my word. I apologize sincerely. Get well."
Brown had 136 catches, 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns this season for Pittsburgh. Jones was fined $28,940 for contacting an official after the hit on Brown. Jones had 53 tackles, three interceptions, and one sack this season.