Ty Montgomery 'thoroughly disappointed in the speculation' of what happened on fumble

It was bad enough that Ty Montgomery fumbled in a key spot for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Then came a story about him possibly disobeying coaches and why.

Montgomery fumbled a kickoff return late against the Los Angeles Rams, costing Aaron Rodgers and the Packers a chance to drive down the field and win the game. Then NFL Network posted a story that said Montgomery was told to not return a kickoff out of the end zone, but did anyway. In the report, one unnamed teammate speculated it stemmed from Montgomery being upset he was taken out of the game earlier.

“That was him saying, ‘I’m gonna do me,'” the player told NFL Network’s Michael Silver. “It’s a [expletive] joke.” 

Montgomery had to explain himself Monday, but he was most disappointed that it was a topic. It didn’t help that due to all of the terrible messages he got on social media after the fumble, he told his wife to not attend his public appearance on Monday night according to Aaron Nagler of Cheesehead TV.

See photos of Montgomery from the game: 

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Running back Ty Montgomery #88 of the Green Bay Packers leads the team as they take the field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery (88) fumbles the ball, recovered by Los Angeles Rams linebacker Ramik Wilson (52) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Running back Ty Montgomery #88 of the Green Bay Packers is tackled by linebacker Cory Littleton #58 of the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Running back Ty Montgomery #88 of the Green Bay Packers completes a pass in the second quarter in front of linebacker Cory Littleton #58 of the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
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Ty Montgomery says he wasn’t disobeying coaches

First of all, Montgomery said he wasn’t ignoring orders. He said he had a returnable ball, had to make a split-second decision, and took it out. He ended up fumbling, which is why it became an issue.

“But I’ve never been a guy to completely disobey what I’m being told,” Montgomery said Monday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I think you can ask a lot of guys in our locker room. That’s not what I do. That’s not the type of man I am. That’s not the kind of person I am.”

Montgomery admitted he was frustrated when he got lifted from the game, but that’s “absolutely not” why he returned the kick. According to the Journal Sentinel, Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said he didn’t think Montgomery was returning the kick for any reason other than him doing his usual job.

“I know for a fact he didn’t do it selfishly,” Williams said. “It may look that way, but he didn’t do it selfishly.”

Even if that’s settled, Montgomery was still upset that a teammate anonymously ripped him.

Packers player ripped Montgomery anonymously

If we assume Montgomery is telling the truth, it’s understandable why he was not pleased to see a teammate blasting him, saying he was bringing out the kick as part of a tantrum over playing time. Montgomery said he was “very disappointed in the fact that was said and they tried to make correlations that don’t exist.” 

“We talk about being brothers,” Montgomery said, according to the Journal Sentinel. “We talk about being family and keeping things in-house, in-house, this, that and the other. That’s not what happened. I don’t know. Maybe that’s what they do in their family. That’s not what I do in mine. No one ever said anything to me. No one ever came to me. So I’m thoroughly disappointed in the speculation and just the backlash I have to deal with now. Because now, we’re talking about my character. We’re not even talking about the fumble anymore, we’re talking about my character. We’re talking about the reasons why I did what I did, and I’m not OK with that.”

What looked like a story about Montgomery on Monday morning might end up being a different story, one about the Packers’ chemistry, with players ripping each other anonymously.

Related: NFL players who have been traded this season: 

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WR Demaryius Thomas

Previous team: Denver Broncos
New team: Houston Texans

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

WR Golden Tate

Previous team: Detroit Lions
New team: Philadelphia Eagles

(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

RB Ty Montgomery

Previous team: Green Bay Packers
New team: Baltimore Ravens

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Previous team: Green Bay Packers
New team: Washington Redskins

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

DE Dante Fowler Jr.

Previous team: Jacksonville Jaguars
New team: Los Angeles Rams

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

CB Eli Apple

Previous team: New York Giants
New team: New Orleans Saints

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

WR Amari Cooper

Previous team: Oakland Raiders
New team: Dallas Cowboys

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

RB Carlos Hyde

Previous team: Cleveland Browns
New team: Jacksonville Jaguars

(Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

T Damon "Snacks" Harrison

Previous team: New York Giants
New team: Detroit Lions

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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