New York Guardians quarterback Matt McGloin is under fire following comments he made during his team’s 27-0 loss to the DC Defenders on Saturday.
“We need to change the whole entire gameplan at halftime,” he told ABC
Matt McGloin is…not happy
— XFL (@xfl2020) February 15, 2020
His comments didn’t stop there as he stated the following after being benched:
Matt McGloin is not here to make friends, or keep a starting job apparently pic.twitter.com/vGcEzZozll
— Arif Hasan, leap day enthusiast (@ArifHasanNFL) February 15, 2020
The following conversation with head coach Kevin Gilbride was also broadcast live during the ABC airing of the game:
Matt McGloin out here blaming other people for him not playing good.
— Forever Gridiron🏈 (@ForeverGridiron) February 15, 2020
McGloin went 8-for-19 for 44 yards and two interceptions. He was also sacked twice. He is also not oblivious to the fact his comments were bound to come under fire:
“I’m going to get bashed, probably for the rest of the week on social media because people don’t agree that I said this or that I said that,” McGloin told USA TODAY Sports. “This is my job, and I work too damn hard to go out there and play like that and be embarrassed.
“So I don’t care what people may think about the way I act on a football field. I really don’t. That’s not who I am as a person — it’s not — but when I play, I’m competitive and I want to win. Because I know how hard I work, personally, and I know how hard everyone else works.”
McGloin knew what he was signing up for with the XFL and was sure to reiterate that in postgame comments.
“Is this not the access that everybody has asked for?” McGloin said. “This is the stuff that goes on through the course of a professional football game. It gets hot out there. It gets frustrating. That’s the way it is.”
The New York Guardians are 1-1 through two games.