Cornerback Dimitri Patterson decided it was appropriate to go missing for about two days from his responsibilities as an athlete. He didn’t even show up for the preseason game between the New York Giants and New York Jets that had everyone worried if he was even safe. Patterson took it upon himself to go AWOL for whatever reason and now has to accept the consequences that come for his actions.
There are no specifics at this point in time as to what prompted him to just disappear without letting his team know. It’s a huge slap in the face, because this isn’t like he’s a rookie making a boneheaded mistake; he’s a veteran of nine years and should have known better than to do this. As a projected starter, he should have shown better judgement instead of just not showing up to a game where he was penciled in to play. Clearly he didn’t have the team’s interests in his mind when he decided to do what he did.
Apparently he sat down with both head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik to discuss the reasons behind his decision. Needless to say, he was suspended indefinitely which makes many believe that his reasoning might have been unjustified. If this was a family emergency or some major personal issue, he would have just told them from the beginning and should have been fine. Issues come up, but you can’t just go missing for up to two days and come back expecting that everything will be just fine — or in Patterson’s case, that everyone will accept his decision since he actually believes he did nothing wrong.
The Jets should absolutely release Patterson not only for this major incident but also for the fact that he doesn’t look like he’s committed to the team. He’s been hit with injuries some of which are minor and have some questioning his work ethic and ability to play a full season healthy. This latest debacle should seal the deal for his fate on the team as the Jets should really just cut him to make him an example that these sort of things should never happen on a professional football team.
There must be severe accountability for his actions, and as the Jets gather up all the information they need to make a final decision, they should look elsewhere to have a veteran presence in their defensive secondary.