Russell Wilson: Comments about miracle water ‘perceived wrong’
Comments made by Russell Wilson in a Rolling Stone interview that implied a concussion he suffered was cured by Reliant Recovery Water — a product he happens to endorse — ignited a media firestorm Wednesday that even the apparent miracle water would be able to extinguish.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback on Thursday attempted to clarify the comments touting the restorative properties, saying what he said has been misinterpreted.
Wilson said in the interview that he credited the recovery water for his ability to return to the field after banging his head during the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers.
After practice Thursday, Wilson made it clear he believes the product helped prevent his injury, not expedite his recovery from it.
“I didn’t have a concussion,” Wilson said, via ESPN.com. “I guess it was perceived wrong. I did not have a concussion. I was saying that I had been consistently drinking the water for a month and a half — five, seven times a day. And I was like, ‘Man, maybe this stuff is helping me out.'”
The comments he made in the interview certainly make it appear that Wilson believed the water sped up his recovery, as he claimed “the next day I was fine,” adding, “It was the water.”
Wilson did acknowledge in the Rolling Stone interview, though, his claims had no basis in “real medical proof.”
Wilson further stressed on Thursday he didn’t mean to imply he suffered a concussion.
“I didn’t have a head injury, but what I was trying to say is I think it helped prevent it,” he said. “I think your brain consists of like 75, 80 percent water, so I think that just being hydrated, drinking the recovery water really does help.”
Once the story broke regarding his comments in the Rolling Stone interview, Wilson took to Twitter to again tout the wonder water.
I believe @Recovery_Water helped prevent me from getting a concussion based on a bad hit! #NanoBubbles
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) August 26, 2015
However the entire controversy shakes out, Wilson did a phenomenal job promoting a product in which he’s an investor. Pretty savvy bit of marketing, indeed.