Maybe Santonio Holmes has forgotten what market he plays in… In a recent interview with NFL.com, Holmes had some words of advice for New York media in regards to covering the Jets:
“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 happen and that’s all you want to talk to us players about,” Holmes said.
“We live for one thing and that’s to play football and not to entertain you people in the media.”
On one hand I can see Holmes’ frustration. He was the target of numerous media reports that alleged he was a locker room cancer and that Holmes’ rocky relationship with QB Mark Sanchez was a major reason for the Jets struggles last season, which can indeed lead to a bit of disdain for the media.
But on the other hand, some of those reports were accurate, and the media mostly reports what they see and hear. That’s the media’s job. If Holmes doesn’t want negative reports surrounding the Jets, then the team has to perform up to their potential and let their play on the field dictate what the media writes, not off the field controversy. One other point worth noting; Holmes says the player’s jobs aren’t to entertain, but that is 100% inaccurate. NFL players get paid millions of dollars to play a game and win primarily for fan’s entertainment, and that includes the media.
If Holmes doesn’t like what the media writes, then he should simply pay it no mind. Just a little suggestion Holmes may want to remember every time he puts an NFL jersey on his back.