"The conversation with Connor went fine. That was an awkward exchange, no question about it. But at the time, I didn’t realize it.
"The next day I started getting a lot of calls and I was really wondering what they were all about. Then someone sent a copy of the exchange to my wife and we started looking at it and I said “wow.” It surprised me. When I got home to Columbus from Indianapolis I got a call from Connor Cook and he apologized for that exchange. He certainly didn’t want it to come off the way that it did and he looked at the video and was surprised at how it came off.
"It looked a lot worse than it really was and Connor was very apologetic that it came off that way. He really was appalled by the way it came off. Connor’s coach Mark Dantonio also called me and I know as an organization they were sorry. I accepted Connor’s apology and I think he was sincerely sorry.
"On that stage it was hectic and kind of chaotic with everyone celebrating. You could not hear anything. You could could not see anything and I had no idea it had come off the way it did."
Let's summarize the key facts in this case:
- Connor Cook did not intentionally insult Archie Griffin.
- Cook did not think that he insulted Griffin.
- Griffin did not perceive any insult from Cook.
- Cook apologized to Griffin multiple times anyway.
- Mark Dantonio apologized to Griffin.
- Ohio State player Cardale Jones did not even shake Griffin's hand in the same situation last year.
- Jones did not apologize to Griffin.
- OSU Coach Urban Meyer did not apologize to Griffin.