HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) _ Tommy Lee Jones' recent horseback spill during a polo match didn't hurt as much as the press coverage he got.

Before the extent of his injuries _ which proved to be only bumps and bruises _ were known, some reports made the Oct. 30 accident sound more frightening that it proved to be.

``The only thing that's scary is the way the media sensationalized and exaggerated and flat lied about it in order to increase their ratings,'' Jones says in Sunday's (Harlingen) Valley Morning Star. ``I feel insulted by having been exploited by the media.''

Jones, who was thrown from his horse and stepped on, was taken by helicopter to Houston, where doctors determined his injuries weren't serious. The Oscar-winning actor said that type of accident ``happens to polo players all the time.''