Vikings DE apologizes for kick to groin

(CBS/AP) It's been a long season for the Minnesota Vikings. So it's not too surprising that when the hapless Vikes were on their way to another loss at the hands of their undefeated nemesis Packers on Sunday, tempers flared.

Exhibit A: Minnesota defensive end Brian Robison was so fed up with Green Bay offensive lineman T.J. Lang that he kicked him in the groin.

A day later, a contrite Robison took to Twitter to explain himself.

"My apologies to (at)tjlang70, my team, my fans and the nfl," Robison tweeted after Minnesota's 33-27 loss to Green Bay. "I am not a dirty player and did not maliciously aim for the groin, just happened to be where it landed."

Hmm. Not sure if we are buying the "just happened to be where it landed" excuse but the apology seems sincere enough.

Robison was flagged for a personal foul on the play and former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira tweeted during the game that Robison should have been ejected.

For his part, Lang clearly had a sense of humor about the whole thing, tweeting Sunday night, "Glad to report my genitalia are in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery!"

And after Robison's Twitter apology, it seemed like there were no hard feelings. Lang replied: "All joking aside, I think @Brian_Robison is a heck of a player.. Just caught up in the emotion of the game.. apology accepted."

What a difference 24 hours makes. Not surprisingly, Monday's mea culpa and Twitter goodwill is quite a departure from the sentiments expressed on Sunday.

After the game Lang called it "a cowardly act," adding: "I don't think there is any room in the game for that kind of move."

Robison had a different version of events. He said that the cameras did not catch Lang and another Packers player picking him up and throwing him to the turf and Lang lunging at him while he was on his back on the ground.

"I think when you've got a guy standing over the top of you, you automatically go into defense mode," Robison said. "And as usual, they always catch the second guy. It is what it is."