NEW YORK (WFAN) — The media coverage of the New York Jets has become too much for wide receiver Santonio Holmes.
Holmes already ripped the idea of a two-quarterback system and now he’s putting the New York media on notice, telling NFL.com’s Dave Dameshek and Adam Rank that if the New York media wants “to be part of the team,” then they better “be there to support” the Jets.
“That’s what sells in the New York media is how much negative attention we can bring to these players and just keep running with it. When things aren’t going good it makes our ratings go up,” Holmes said. “But it doesn’t help our team. If you guys — and this is for the New York media — if you guys want to be a part of our team and feel so important, be there to support us. Not to try to break us down.”
“There’s not one day we step into the locker room and try to break each other down, that we talk bad about the way that person played. Because it effects the team the way one person play if they don’t play to perfection,” Holmes said.
Holmes, who caught 51 passes for 654 yards last season, openly criticized the offensive line, was referred to by one teammate as a “cancer” in the locker room, and was benched during the season finale at Miami after arguing in the huddle with teammates. Now, he wants the media’s support.
“So if the New York media wants to be a part of our team and wants to continue writing about us, write positive things. Stay away from the negative. Because it doesn’t do anything good for our team that you want to report all the negative things that happened and that’s what you want to talk to us players about. Because we live for one thing and that’s to play football, not to entertain you people in the media.”
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