NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 12:42 PM
Now that’s an MVP-worthy snub.
Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook threw decorum out the window when accepting his Big Ten championship game Most Valuable Player award, completely ignoring the man who presented him with the trophy after Saturday’s 16-13 win over Iowa.
That man was none other than two-time Heisman winner Archie Griffin, who got nothing more than a disinterested handshake from Cook as the Spartans QB snatched the award away and brushing him aside on his way to an on-camera TV interview.
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Cook was ripped for his actions on social media, which made him look at a replay of the incident. Apparently seeing the error of his ways, he apologized to Griffin while speaking with the Big Ten Network later that night.
“I was like, ‘Wow, that does look really bad.’ Archie, if you’re watching this, I’m sorry.” – Connor Cook, on MVP trophy exchange with Archie Griffin
Posted by Big Ten Network on Saturday, 5 December 2015
“I checked Twitter and everyone was talking all sorts of crap to me saying that it was very disrespectful, and I’m not a disrespectful guy. I would never, by any means, disrespect anyone — especially a man like Archie Griffin,” Cook said in explaining his perceived snub of the college football legend.
“It was me caught up in the moment, trying to celebrate with my teammates, and the way I grabbed the trophy looked very disrespectful. And I would never want to do that, so my apologies go to Archie Griffin.”