Boy, has Ed Reed taken over the Baltimore sports headlines, or what?
Reed's latest news-making quotes came during an interview on WBAL on Thursday, when he claimed that he had requested game film from the Ravens and they declined to give it to him.
"I had to give an excuse, that's what was told to me," Reed said. "This is the organization that you want me to play for. I got the text message to prove it, so this ain't nothing I'm not lying about."
This apparently is what Reed was referring to when he claimed earlier in the week that he hasn't "had the support" from the Ravens.
"Don't treat me like that after I gave my blood, sweat and tears for this guy -- for this organization," Reed said. "I train my tail off. I'm putting my life on line. But I have to give you an excuse to study tape? When I do give you an excuse -- and my excuse is I'm studying tape -- that's not a good enough excuse. But Ed is wrong for asking for a new contract. Come on, man."
What's the team's response to Reed's latest comment?
Kevin Byrne, the Ravens' senior vice president of public and community relations, issued the following statement to multiple media outlets:
"If this happened, it had to be a misunderstanding of some sort," Byrne said. "We know Ed is a great student of the game and studies video all the time. We encourage our players to do this."
Reed is recovering from offseason reconstructive hip surgery, and his status for the start of the regular season is unclear.