Bush in no rush for lockout to end

May 9, 2011

New Orleans running back Reggie Bush made it clear Monday that he was in no rush to return to work, tweeting that he was enjoying the forced break the NFL lockout created.

"Everybody complaining about the lockout! Shoot I'm making the most of it!" wrote Bush.

"Vacation, rest, relaxing, appearances here and there! I'm good!"

The 26-year-old's future with the Saints remains in limbo, with the team's selection of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram in the first round of the draft raising questions as to how Bush will fit into a backfield that also features Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory.


And Bush made it appear almost inevitable that he is on his way out of the Saints with a tweet he wrote in reaction to the drafting of Ingram that read, "It's been fun New Orleans."

Regardless of his uncertain future, Bush, who is slated to make $11.8 million next season, did not appear concerned Monday.

"Right about now we would be slaving in 100 degree heat, practicing twice a day, while putting our bodies at risk for nothing," he tweeted.

Thousands of fans criticized Bush over the comments, saying he should be wanting to go to work as a professional athlete on a huge salary.

He responded to the criticism, saying, "FYI last tweet was a joke! Relax people damn it's called sense of humor! Cry me a river why don't you..."

Late last month, Judge Susan Nelson granted the players' request for an injunction to lift the NFL lockout, ending a 45-day standoff between the league and the decertified players union.

But the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit granted the NFL's request for a temporary stay, putting the league's lockout back into effect, meaning players continue to be shut out from participating in workouts or conducting offseason activities at team facilities while the legal battle plays out.