Probably. The only thing I can think of that could even be imagined as a sleight would be saying that at 40, he's too old to be able to come back. Not many people like to be called old, plus he probably thinks it doesn't take into account how special he is.Why would he seemingly take offense/inspiration at people/press talking/writing about typical recovery times from an achilles tear? That's how I read this. I guess it's how he motivates himself, by getting pissed off at phantom sleights.