Rookie New York Jets‘ quarterback Geno Smith responding back to what is being said about him in the media as a diva sounds like a rap battle about to happen.
To all Smith critics out there who have painted him as a diva, he responded Monday by saying he never texted friends during NFL pre-draft visits and insisted he never told ESPN he was planning to skip the second day of the draft. In an interview with Jim Corbett of USA Today Sports, he said: “I don’t worry about what people say — my skin is pretty thick” and “I’ve never been in trouble.”
I guess it was deny and deny Monday for Smith because he denied a Yahoo Sports report that said he was more involved with twitter and texting than speaking with coaches. “That’s not true,” said Smith. “I got strong remarks from all the teams I visited with. … I couldn’t care less what’s coming out in the media because I know what’s true.”
As for Smith’s former sports agents, I believe he finally regrets not firing them, after taking their advice earlier on when they told him to skip the Senior Bowl and E.J. Manuel was picked 16th by the Buffalo Bills in the NFL Draft. “It was a decision I ultimately made,” Smith said. “My first instinct is always to go out and compete. I’m a competitor. It’s one of those things where I trusted those guys. They advised me that it may have been best for me not to go.”
Smith must be finally happy to get that off his chest since he has taking a few jabs since being drafted. Just so he knows, this is only the beginning and now at least he is battle tested. Just wait, when the five man Jets quarterback competition begins with him, Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, Greg McElroy, and Matt Simms, it will be a circus.