He said, "Didn't you say you didn't care what happened to the Giants?"
"No," I said, "I never said that in my life and I never would."
"I heard you say it," he said.
"I don't know what you heard but I know what I said and there are other people who heard what I said, too."
But those people never came up and said what they heard, except to me privately. Tarkenton was only a couple of feet away and he heard what I said, but I never heard a word from him.
I decided to call a press conference to tell my side of the story, but then a number of things fell into place. I met with Wellington and with the players' committee, and I was told I was going to be reinstated. So, by accident, it turned out to be a counter-press conference. I scooped the Giants. I announced I was being reinstated, and that blew Wellington's mind again. He decided then that he was going to get rid of me, and he did, even though it took him until the following summer.
I may have been reinstated, but I was never reactivated. I never played another game for the Giants.