How convinced are you that the end of last season will not continue into the 2012 season? I thought it was over until I heard Santonio’s responses to questioning on a conference call today with the New York Media, the first day of team OTAs.
Because Santonio really didn’t address the debacle that was the end of the season in Miami (you remember, where we was benched), the media as a whole was going to grill him to finally put this story to bed. It could have been a non-story if Santonio simply fessed up and said he personally made mistakes and is putting last season behind him.
He sort of answered that way without the personal accountability part. When asked if he had any regrets his answer: “Why Should I?”.
“Why should ?” Holmes said when asked whether he had personal regrets for his behavior at the time. “I gave my statement after the game was over with and that was that. I left it at that. That’s why you guys didn’t have anything to talk about this offseason. You didn’t have anything to say to Santonio Holmes because I answered the questions correctly and I left it where it was at. It happened down in Miami. And that’s where it’s going to stay. Down in Miami.” – Via Manish Mehta
Following the beat writers on twitter, many have said that Holmes was defensive, short and snippy.
Call me crazy, but I just don’t think Santonio Holmes likes the media much. At all. Just a hunch, though.
4/16/12 1:30 PM
Have to feel the having Holmes on this conference call may have been a mistake. Very contentious, sniping remarks.
4/16/12 1:04 PM
Santonio Holmes says he has no regrets about how his season ended. Of course.
4/16/12 1:59 PM
Santonio could have handled this call by simply taking accountability. All he had to say was that he regretted that moment and he is moving on and guess what, the story dies. Why continue to pump your ego to the media and show who’s boss. Santonio, they are the media and they can portray you any way good or bad if you give them fuel for the fire. Today, you poured some gasoline on the smoke.
Well Santonio, I agree the media won’t make you or break you if you let them, but the media is going to report your words and it’s going to look like you are a selfish player.
If teammates said that Holmes was a good teammate, this would be a non-issue for me, but at the end of the season he was classified as a 10-year old throwing a tantrum.
Teammates told the News after the season that Holmes was a “cancer” in the locker room and that dealing with him was like “dealing with a 10-year-old.” Three weeks ago, Holmes told the News in Orlando that he “didn’t care” that he has been portrayed as the villain by fans that believe he was at the heart of the team’s locker room discord last season. – Via Manish Mehta
Perception is reality and in the court of public opinion, we the fans will hear these sound bytes and come to the conclusion that you are the same player who contributed to a bad locker room environment. Because we don’t know Santonio personally, we, the fans, can only go on what the media reports, his own actions on tape and video, and what his teammates say about him. Three weeks ago, Holmes told the News in Orlando that he “didn’t care” that he has been portrayed as the villain by fans that believe he was at the heart of the team’s locker room discord last season.
Santonio. The fans are reacting to you. You are playing the role of the villan with your short defensive answers. All it takes is some personal accountability, and this all starts to go away.
Short of bringing in Tim Tebow, it seems like the recipe for this season is mostly the same.
Jets clearly want to send message they have moved on, but ingredients (aside from a heaping helping of Tebow) pretty much the same. #Jets4/16/12 1:26 PM
So it is clear to me that Santonio has a huge problem with the media. If I’m the Jets, I wouldn’t ask Holmes to speak to the media.
I know Rex and the Jets philosophy is to let anyone speak their mind but Holmes should limit his press conferences if he has so much disdain for the press. Winning cures all as we know, but if the Jets struggle or if Holmes is personally not getting his fair share of balls thrown his way, this could go south before it even gets started.
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