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Fred Jackson puts Donte Whitner on blast, says he 'can't respect' former Bills safety

Fred Jackson didn't hold back this afternoon when talking about former Bills safety Donte Whitner.

Jackson said he "can't respect" Whitner following his comments over the summer, a sampling of which is shown below.

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"That's just him being him. Donte is a guy that likes to ruffle feathers," Jackson said this afternoon. "He found any way he could to try and ruffle Buffalo's feathers, knowing he had to come up to us. That's just him doing what he does.

"At the same time, I mean, it's annoying. It's just dumb for him to do, and talk about people like that, and talk about the city of Buffalo like that. You've just got to take it with a grain of salt and say it's just some dude that's being an idiot about some stuff."

Jackson continued "You can't respect anybody that would say something about whatever it may be -- a race of people, or somebody's beliefs or anything like that," he said. "If you talk down to anybody, you can't be respected. That's just me, that's how I feel about it. For him to say stuff about that, about people that we love in this organization, he'll never get my respect for that."

After Whitner's shots at Buffalo, he got into it with former Bills linebacker Darryl Talley and his wife, Janine. At one point in the back and forth, Whitner brought Talley's daughter into the conversation, infuriating the former Bills great.

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At one point, Whitner challenged Talley to a boxing match.


"I think it's just him, you know, doing what he can to get back at people in Buffalo for whatever reason it may be. I don't think he honestly feels like that," Jackson said. "I think he's just being himself and saying whatever he can to ruffle feathers."

Whitner spent the first five seasons of his NFL career with the Bills, who picked him with the No. 8 overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft. He played with Jackson for four of those seasons.

"I didn't know him all that well when he was here. We didn't hang out a lot," Jackson said, before continuing to share more of his thoughts on his former teammate. "It's him just being an idiot and trying to ruffle feathers. It's one of those things where, we can't get caught up in it. He's trying to just be as dumb about the situation as he can.

"For us, we've just got to tune that stuff out. Focus on playing a football game. I'd just say the same for all the fans and Buffalonians. It's just some guy that's being dumb -- don't listen to him."

Jackson was then asked whether he'd like an opportunity to hit Whitner on Sunday.

"I'm like that with anybody in an opposing jersey," he said. "He can be added to that list. When we play, it's going to be the Bills versus the Browns. That's what we're going to have to focus on. Will I look for him? If I get a chance to, yeah. But it won't be a one-one-one personal thing, where it's me looking for him. I've got to do whatever I can to be the best teammate I can and make plays when I get that opportunity."

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