The New York media has embarrassed itself once again when it comes to their lowbrow coverage of the New York Jets.
The media’s insistence in making themselves part of the story, rather than actually reporting, reached a boiling point Friday afternoon, when one obnoxious reporter decided to kick the media circus nonsense up a notch.
Dan Leberfeld, who writes a Jets magazine and makes his living as a professional troll, desperately attempted to make himself relevant by trying to provoke linebacker Bart Scott into a fight, but only half-heartedly.
Scott, who is rightly boycotting the media for their unprofessional coverage of the team, was cordially speaking off the record to one of the reputable reporters in the locker room, when Leberfeld decided to butt in.
Leberfeld took out his personal cell phone and snap pictures of Scott, who had already asked him days earlier not to do that. Cell phone pictures are not explicitly banned in the locker room, but it is mostly frowned upon.
When asked matter-of-factly why he was taking the picture, Leberfeld reportedly told Scott: “Because I wanted to,” a bizarre response of pure arrogance and undeserved entitlement.
Scott warned him again to cut it out, which only made Leberfeld troll harder, prompting Scott to get up in his face and say that he would “smack the s——— out of” Leberfeld if he kept at it.
Leberfeld, suddenly spineless in the wake of Scott’s wrath, threatened to sue Scott if the altercation got physical, to which Scott proclaimed he did not care.
And you wonder why Scott is so fed up with a stable of leeches that pretend to cover the team like professionals but in actuality are nothing of the sort.
The right thing to do would be to strip this third-rate hack of his media credentials and move on.
However, the Jets are unlikely to do that. No matter how much of a circus the media has become, the Jets have consistently taken the high road when it comes to the unprofessional dreck that sells papers in this city.
Meanwhile, as some of the media members concoct their latest uncivil agendas, the players and coaches are preparing for a game on Sunday. Unlike some of these headline-chasers, the team has actual work to do.