“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.”
Think again, Santonio Holmes. Let’s break this quote down into three pieces.
First of all, who is he to tell the media what to write and how to write it? He wants the media to stay away from the negative? Does he not watch the news? Does he not realize that the vast majority of stories reported aren’t exactly feel-good pieces? Now, to his credit, I’m with the guy, I think it’d be awesome if there were more good things to talk about. But what does Holmes want the media to do for the New York Jets? Does he want a cookie every time the Jets do something good? Are you expecting a round of applause for keeping quiet during the offseason? Do you not know that actually makes Jets beat writers’ jobs more difficult when there’s not a lot to talk about? I mean, are you going to yell at reporters or refuse to take questions if they don’t ask about stuff you want to talk about? That’s why they invented the statement “no comment.”
The second part of this talking about the negative stuff hurting the team is just absurd to me. Forgive me if I don’t feel bad for a bunch of guys making more money in one year than the average American will see in a lifetime. Heck, if you had millions of dollars per year flowing into your bank account, couldn’t you buy something to make yourself feel better? Did some media guy hurt your feelings? Toughen up, Frances. I have no sympathy for you and this is the work you’ve chosen. But, come on, it’s not like these guys have it real bad. I mean, hey, they’re doing something they love for a living and are getting a king’s ransom to do it. It’s the same reason ordinary people (you know, the ones who pay taxes to build sports venues to support the teams so these guys have the ability to make millions of dollars?) were annoyed during the NFL lockout. The vast majority of people didn’t have a dog in a fight involving millionaires vs. billionaires.
Finally, you don’t do this to entertain people in the media? Hmm… well, let’s look at this more closely, then. Who comes out to the stadium every season to watch the team play? The fans. But how do the fans get the latest up-to-date information on that team? Oh, that’s right, from the media! Guess what? If you don’t play ball with the media, you and the rest of your team will start to look foolish (kind of like what’s going on right now). Foolishness hurts your image and, if continued over time, will cause people to start getting fired.
Maybe Holmes didn’t mean it to come off this way. I really hope he didn’t, anyway. He is likely aggravated with the media watching the Jets so closely this offseason, but that’s tough. Saying stuff like that aligns itself with the previous, outspoken attitudinal philosophy the Jets are so eager to try to shed. Either way, though, let the media do its job and if you don’t like it, keep your distance from the press. I’m David Abeyta and that’s my opinion.