It seemed awfully fishy to a lot of sports fans that a story with anonymous New York Jets players ripping Tim Tebow came out this week. It appears now that even the Jets themselves are skeptical about those quotes.
Days after a New York Daily News story came out, littered with anonymous anti-Tebow quotes, the Jets locker room has stood more united than ever, to the point that no Jets player believes that anyone ever said those things.
The New York Daily News has long been more of a tabloid magazine more than an actual source of integrity and journalism, and that’s been especially true with their propensity to curiously print damaging anonymous quotes.
This offseason, the same paper printed a scathing report filled with alleged anonymous Jets ripping starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. Now, for whatever reason, the NYDN has set their targets on Tim Tebow.
However, the Jets are now doubting the entire authenticity of the recent report, judging that most of the quotes used in the story were either recycled and taken out of context, or perhaps even completely fabricated altogether.
One of the popular snippets from that piece was one anonymous player calling Tebow “terrible,” a quote that’s certainly gotten a lot of attention for an unsourced, unsubstantiated, unconfirmed, completely out-of-context quote.
Kristian Dyer, a well-respected journalist who’s covered the Jets for years, went into the locker room in the days following the NYDN report, and he reported in Metro New York that the Jets aren’t buying it.
When the Jets heard about the quotes, especially the one labeling Tebow as “terrible,” one Jets player (who himself wished to remain anonymous) told Dyer that players discussed it and found that they doubt anyone actually said it.
“We don’t know if that [quote] necessarily came out of the locker room. We think that was made up or that was from an old story that he took and rewrote it again,” the player said. “We don’t think that came from here and was recent.
“We talked about it and moved on. But we’re not buying all this spin that is coming out right now and we’re not necessarily buying that the quote came out recently or even from this locker room [at all].”
If the NYDN’s goal was to create turmoil in the locker room, perhaps in an attempt to get more fabricated controversy to “report” on, their plan may have backfired. This media witch hunt has only brought the Jets closer.
“The media is making this an issue, [but] we’re not making it an issue,” the same player told Dyer. “We’re not even really concerned about it because we’re [just] not buying it.”
I realize there is some irony in using an anonymous player to defend the Jets against anonymous quotes, but quite frankly, I trust Kristian Dyer’s reporting a heck of a lot more than the rag that is the New York Daily News.
Nothing’s ever boring in Jets land, that’s for sure. You don’t need a source to believe that.
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