Bly stops on a dime, changes direction

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

49ers cornerback Dre' Bly went from defiant and totally remorseless regarding the showboating that precipitated his fumble Sunday to contrite. How contrite? Contrite enough to surrender himself to reporters during coach Mike Singletary's news conference Monday. Bly

"Good afternoon," Bly said. "First, I want to come to you all publicly apologize for yesterday. My comments were totally inappropriate. I apologize to coach. I am not a selfish guy. I didn't mean to embarrass him, if I did embarrass my team, embarrass the ownership, embarrass the fans. I'm a prideful guy. I like to have fun. It was totally inappropriate. I got caught up in the moment. It was wrong."

Singletary and Bly both said Bly came to Singletary and initiated the apology.

"We are building something here, something that will be special, and it is going to be a process," Singletary said. "Yesterday, as a 49er, that is just something we won't do. I think now he understands that. ... For him to go forward and to acknowledge that without me having to ask him to do that, I appreciate that from him. That's who I was hoping he was when he came here and it was good to hear."