Amendola call cut short after injury questions

Amendola call cut short after injury questions
June 4, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Think Danny Amendola is sick of talking about his injury history?

The Patriots wide receiver called into the Adam Jones Show on 98.5 The Sports Hub Tuesday in order to promote a charity event and talk a little football. After Jones gave Amendola's charity -- Catches for Kids -- a plug, they moved on to the football portion of the interview.

It didn't last long.

The second question posed to Amendola focused on his injury history, asking him how he'd describe it. "Unlucky" perhaps?

"It's not something I think about to tell you the truth," Amendola said. "My job is to be as healthy as I can and play good football. That's really the only thing I focus on. I don't really think about it too much."

Then Amendola was given the chance to shed light on his health right now, during Patriots OTAs. He injured himself before halftime in Week 1 last season and played through it the remainder of the season.

This was his opportunity to go into some detail on how much better he feels.

"I feel really good," Amendola said. "The program provides a good offseason program so everyone's getting stronger and faster."

Fair enough.

But then Jones used the u-word again. That's apparently where Amendola drew the line. 

"You've been described as unlucky with some of the injuries you've suffered," Jones said. "We all remember that clavicle injury you suffered with the St. Louis Rams . . ."

Click.

Did Amendola hang up? Did his phone cut out? According to Jones, Amendola never called back. Deduce what you will from there.

Could Jones have framed his question differently? Sure.

Could Amendola have been a little less quick to the "end" button -- if that's indeed how the call finished? Of course. Not a great look for him.

But had he answered the question dryly and without incident, what then? The interview goes on and it likely never comes up again.

After the call was cut short, it's been the gift that keeps on giving.

Jones got a segment out of the call's breakdown for his show on Tuesday night. Felger and Mazz spent part of their show on the call Wednesday.

And through it all, Amendola's charity -- which "provides opportunities, support and resources to children and families who are in need" -- has garnered more radio plugs in the last 24 hours than it otherwise might've. So the kids win, too.

Maybe this is how Amendola planned it all along. If that's the case, touche, Danny. Touche.

Catches for Kids is hosting Celebrity Waiter Night at Towne Stove and Spirits in Boston on June 11. Attendees will be served by Amendola's teammates and have the chance to participate in a live silent auction to benefit the foundation. For more information visit DannyAmendola.org.