"I saw the comments, and it is not that big of a deal," said Gonzalez, who was hired by Loria to serve as the Marlins' manager before the 2007 season and then fired midway through the '10 season.
The Miami Herald on Sunday quoted Gonzalez saying: "There's not a manager dead or alive that Jeffrey thinks is good enough. Not Connie Mack, not anyone."
Loria responded after the Marlins completed three-game series against the Mets on Sunday.
"Classless," Loria said to reporters waiting outside the Marlins' clubhouse. "And you can quote me on that. Especially because he was with us for five years and he was a colossal failure. Not nice. Not nice."
Gonzalez did not backtrack on the quotes that appeared in the original article.
"That's what I said," Gonzalez said. "When the guy asked the question, I said he's the owner of the team and a tough guy to please, and no matter who is managing his team, there's going to come a time when he doesn't think he's good enough. That's his prerogative."