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Report: New York Jets Players Say Mark Sanchez is Lazy, Babied by Organization

January 11th, 2012 at 12:27 PM
By Donald Lappe

If all the Tony Sparano to the New York Jets news wasn't enough for you, there's been a story released by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News where unnamed sources make some pretty nasty comments about Mark Sanchez. The Jets always find themselves in the news, and this story has put somewhat of a damper on the Sparano hiring.

The problems seem to stem from players feeling as though Sanchez has been handed a lot of things without earning them. He was also characterized as lazy and not mentally tough. The source cited that he unfollowed all of the Jets beat writers on Twitter.

Let's just stop right there. We're judging mental toughness on Twitter? I thought it was usually seen as a positive when players ignored stories in the media? Would you want to log in to Twitter and see multiple stories about how bad you are at your job everyday?

That's not even the biggest issue here. We have players on the Jets calling out other players with some really venomous words, but hiding behind the "unnamed source" label. If you're going to be a tough guy and call out Sanchez, call him out with your name attached to it. Remaining anonymous is just cowardly. Other Jets players seem to agree.

"@nickmangold: This by is false. If "unnamed sources" want to attack Mark, man up and put your name to it" – posted by Nick Mangold to his personal Twitter account.

"@GAlexander21: BE A MAN and put your name behind a quote. Don't be a coward or a "source" and talk trash about Mark. Freakin unbelievable.

@GAlexander21: I'm sorry but I have absolutely no respect for that. Stand by what u say. Don't hide from it. "Unnamed Player" u gotta be kidding me. Smh" – Gerald Alexander on his Twitter account.

Some have even gone after Mehta for the report, but it's his job to report what he's told. No foul play from him, completely legitimate. If sources ask not to be named, you don't name them. That's part of the professional aspect of the job. Going that route takes away from the real issue. Someone in that Jets locker room doesn't like the treatment Mark Sanchez has gotten, and they felt it was better to anonymously tell the media than address it internally.


Tags: Football, Gerald Alexander, Mark Sanchez, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Nick Mangold, Tony Sparano

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