MINNEAPOLIS HC — MINNEAPOLIS -- Bruce Smith, the Buffalo Bills' All-Pro defensive end, issued a revised version of the trade demand he made this week. Although it made front-page sports news -- which focused on the racial hate mail he has received from time to time -- Smith said the whole thing was overblown.
"Someone asked a question, and I answered it," he said. "I made a couple of comments. I don't know how it turned into a cover story."
Tuesday, Smith had said he couldn't "forget" the racial insults sent to him in Buffalo, N.Y., over the last three years, and that he would "explore his options" after Sunday's Super Bowl.