Report: Jets Draft Pick Scotty McKnight Authored Threats To HS Teacher

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Jets selected Colorado wide receiver Scotty McKnight, a childhood friend of quarterback Mark Sanchez, with their final pick of the NFL draft in the seventh round Saturday.

According to the New York Post, McKnight wrote “some chilling, gruesome passages” while attending High School, in which he described “gluing (his English teacher) naked to a wall, cutting off her feet and killing her family while she watches.”

According to McKnight, the journal wasn’t serious and was supposed to be kept private.

“It was an error in judgment that led to a huge consequence,” McKnight told the paper. “Me and (teammate Sam Smith) wrote some crazy stuff, Tarantino-like movie type stuff and were trying to one-up each other, figuring no one was ever going to read it. It was a lack of judgment for sure, but we were 17 years old and not thinking — clearly.”

“I am planning on coming in your room late one night while you’re still working,” one entry read. “I will smother you in gasoline and light your head on fire … ”

McKnight is Colorado’s career leader in receptions (215) and receiving touchdowns (22) and is third in receiving yards. He’s also the 10th player in NCAA history to catch at least one pass in every game he appeared.

McKnight says he has been friends with Sanchez since he was 8 years old, and their two families were together watching the draft when McKnight was taken by New York. He will participate in Sanchez’s “Jets West” camp in Southern California next week — and said he had already planned to do so even if he hadn’t been drafted.

“People that know me know that’s not me. I was 17 years old and had never been in trouble. I come from a family of police officers. My father is a lieutenant in Newport Beach and my grandfather and uncle are in the LAPD,” he said. “You really see how one small error in judgment can affect your whole life.”

Is this a big deal or much ado about nothing? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • John Cox

    I’ve lived next door to Scotty for 20 years, great kid. The journal was for a creative writing class that was to be private. The teacher told the kids everything was open game. She and the school over-reacted. We live in a much less tolerable world today and Scotty found out just how much. He paid a much too heavy of a price but accepted it without complaining. Only an ass of a reporter would have wriiten this article. I’m a retired firefighter and high school coach and believe me, there are not too many kids better than Scotty. Maybe we should dig into the past of this reporter and see what stupid things he did as a kid.

  • Bell Toller

    why is this mans civil rights being violated?

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  • Buff Fan

    He’s a great guy and this is just stupid high school nonsense. CBS is a joke anyway.

    • T. Bundy

      Most mass murderers start out this way too.

  • jgjets

    only the media will force a non-issue into an issue. so No, its nothing to be concerned about. I don’t see anyone concerned with Wes Craven

  • Jay

    “The kid was writing horror stories with a friend in their private journal.”

    Wouldn’t be nearly as disturbing if it didn’t include his teacher in it.

    • dave

      There was worse stuff written for the Sopranos. Get real…

  • Dave

    Since when is The Post a credible source of accurate information? The kid was writing horror stories with a friend in their private journal. He comes from a family of Police Officers. More sensationalism from WFAN. Surely there’s another story about Lawrence Taylor floating around that you can publish.

  • Frank

    Much to do about nothing! Reporting something that was dealt with 4/5 years ago as if it is newsworthy. Give me a break!

  • Steve

    Seems like the type who should fit in nicely with the Jets.

    • Ken

      Especially the fixation on feet…

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