Asomugha says he was joking about Jets

A few days after creating a bit of a ruckus, Oakland Raiders corner Nnamdi Asomugha says he was kidding when he told me and a couple of other reporters he and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis lobbied Jets coach Rex Ryan to put them on the field together.


AsomughaWhile my blog about Asomugha's comments was written with a fanciful tone and pointed out the proposal was fantasy, I did ask him several followup questions in an attempt to measure his sincerity.

"I'm dead serious," Asomugha told me on the Sun Life Stadium field after Sunday night's Pro Bowl. Since his comments were posted, other outlets, most notably Pro Football Talk, speculated about possible tampering charges for the Jets.

"The only thing we were 'dead serious' about was the fact that it would be fun to one day play on the same team. That's all," Asomugha wrote in an e-mail to San Francisco Chronicle reporter David White. "We were two guys enjoying the Pro Bowl and completely clowning around during the week. We were playfully recruiting each other; I was talking about getting him to Oakland and vice versa."

Asomugha also wrote he's "a proud Oakland Raider" and wanted to terminate any notions he wants out.

White goes on to explain that Asomugha is known as a jokester with a deadpan delivery.