“I'm an awesome player, not a dirty player,” the Green Bay Packers linebacker told reporters with a smile on Thursday.
The former USC standout was asked specifically about being a dirty player after the fallout from his late hit on San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick last weekend, the ensuing scuffle with offensive lineman Joe Staley and criticism from 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh.
That was the only response Matthews gave to questions on any of those topics, including whether or not he was fined by the NFL for his actions Sunday.
“Um, I'm not really going to discuss all that right now, but on to the next game,” Matthews said.
Matthews has made the Pro Bowl in each of his four NFL seasons, helping the Packers win a Super Bowl along the way. He's ranked in the league's top five in sacks twice and has 43.5 in his career.
So it would be hard to argue Matthews' assertion that he's an awesome player. Whether he's a dirty player ... well, you can decide for yourself.