FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons coach Mike Smith didn’t want to make a big deal of the slight.
When Mike Singletary’s name was brought up in the press conference about why there wasn’t a post-game handshake, Smith appeared uncomfortable and then eased into the next question.
But on Wednesday, Singletary, who was a candidate for the Falcons head coaching spot when Bobby Petrino was named, came out and admitted that he exhibited poor sportsmanship after what had to be an excruciating loss.
“That was poor sportsmanship on my behalf,” Singletary told the San Francisco media before practice Wednesday.
Here’s Matt Barrow’s blog for the Sacramento Bee on Singletary’s antics.
Center Todd McClure asked about it on Monday. I hadn’t watched the Fox tape yet. Once I did, you couldn’t see anything. At the end of the game, the camera was all over the place and never showed the obligatory handshake.
At the time, I was leading several writers down the stairs to the locker room area and missed Singletary antics.
It’s clear Singletary’s blood gets boiling when the 49ers and the Falcons play.
After he was a candidate in 2007, he didn’t even get an interview in 2008 after Petrino walked.
Last season when the Falcons pummeled Singletary and the 49ers by the score of 45-10, he got into a shouting match with Harvey Dahl, a former 49ers whom the Falcons plucked off their practice squad.