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Bart Scott: LaDainian Tomlinson ‘out of line’ for anonymous Jets accusations

In the latest development of the story that may never end, Bart Scott is unhappy with LaDainian Tomlinson after Tomlinson accused him of being one of the anonymous New York Jets players who ripped Tim Tebow earlier this week. L.T said on Wednesday that he believes Antonio Cromartie was the player who called Tebow “terrible” while Scott was the one who said the Wildcat would never work with Tebow running it.

Scott said Tomlinson should stop the guessing and finger-pointing.

“That can’t be farther from the truth,” the Jets linebacker told the NY Post on Thursday. “One thing about me is I ain’t ever hid behind (junk) that I’ve ever said. I’m not afraid to put my name to it, go to a person and say it to them.

“Why would I have those comments and then have another article about we’re a family? The same day, am I bipolar? LaDainian is out of line in thinking I have that type of character. I don’t know what he believes I showed to him when he was here. If anything, I hope I showed him I was a leader and I never try to be a distraction.”

At a charity event on Tuesday, Scott was quoted as saying the Jets are a family and that they would stick together to overcome adversity. Unless Tomlinson is going off more than just his gut instinct and a complete guess, I agree with Scott that he is out of line to point the finger. As for the anonymous players themselves, Scott doesn’t sound convinced that they exist.

“I’ve been here four years,” he said. “It’s always an anonymous source. An anonymous source can be the janitor. An anonymous source can be the cable guy. An anonymous source can be the equipment guy. Anybody can be an anonymous source. If you don’t tell them to put their name to it, what credibility do you have?

“I think the anonymous person is probably some smoke in the air or a fart off somebody’s (butt).”

An anonymous source can be anyone, but the NY Daily News‘ Manish Mehta was specific in mentioning which quotes and comments came from actual players. Mehta is a reputable reporter for the Jets, so I highly doubt he would completely fabricate quotes just to create a good story. I believe that someone actually said it, but that doesn’t give Tomlinson the right to ruin reputations by speculating as to who.

Photo credit: The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

LaDainian Tomlinson thinks Antonio Cromartie, Bart Scott were anonymous Jets who ripped Tim Tebow

LaDainian Tomlinson knows more than the average person about life in the New York Jets locker room. Many of the current Jets are his former teammates, and L.T. feels confident he knows who was behind the anonymous Tim Tebow bashing that came out on Wednesday.

According to Newsday, L.T. said during his Sirius/XM radio segment on Wednesday that he believes Antonio Cromartie is the player who called Tebow “terrible,” and that Bart Scott is the one who said Tebow running the Wildcat would never work.

“Cromartie has never had a problem putting his name on things,” Tomlinson said. “…Once you start talking to the media about teammates, (coach) Rex (Ryan) is going to address it. He’s not going to let it go. And so, now you have guys that don’t want to put your name on it because, obviously, Rex Ryan has said something about it.”

In other words, Cromartie is not the type to conceal his identity, but L.T. believes he chose to this time so he doesn’t have to hear it from Rex Ryan. God forbid he should just keep quiet and say nothing — assuming Tomlinson is right and the player actually is Cromartie. L.T. also questioned the Jets’ decision to acquire Tebow in the first place.

“They weren’t getting a guy that could really compete for a starting quarterback’s job,” he said. “They were getting a change of pace kind of guy, a Wildcat kind of guy. Why would (general manager) Mike Tannenbaum make that move?”

Tomlinson said New York’s locker room problems last season were the worst he has been around, and after Wednesday’s debacle you have to wonder if this season is just as chaotic. We know Santonio Holmes doesn’t think a two-quarterback system would work in the NFL, but he hasn’t even been around to say anything to the media. Whether it was Cromartie, Scott and/or other players who made the comments about Tebow really doesn’t matter at this point. All that matters is Ryan is once again in danger of losing his locker room — assuming he hasn’t already lost it.

Photo credit: The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

Reporter Dan Leberfeld tells his side of Bart Scott story

Dan Leberfeld of “Jets Confidential” was involved in a fight with Bart Scott on Friday that made headlines. Leberfeld wrote about the incident on his site and told his side of the story later in the day.

Leberfeld explained that he took a photo of Scott talking with reporter Jane McManus on Friday and that he also took a photo of Scott talking to another reporter on Wednesday. He says he took the photos of Scott talking with reporters to use for a story he’s writing about Scott declaring a media boycott.

Sounds reasonable enough, right?

Leberfeld further defends himself by explaining that the photos he took were in accordance with the Jets’ policy on media behavior in the locker room. The policy apparently states that photographs in the locker room are only acceptable when a player is talking with a reporter, and when the player is fully clothed. Leberfeld followed the rules in both cases.

I think what this comes down to is Bart Scott already had a defensive stance with the media, so it doesn’t take much to set him off. As a player, he should know that reporters can photograph him during the team’s open locker room. It may seem like a violation of his privacy to have a reporter take a picture of him from a cell phone, but in that context, it likely is not.

Bart Scott, reporter Dan Leberfeld nearly fight over photo

Bart Scott’s anger with the media continued on Friday when he reportedly nearly fought a Jets reporter.

According to multiple reports, Scott and Jets Confidential reporter Dan Leberfeld had to be separated during the Jets’ open locker room period on Friday.

Scott apparently was upset that Leberfeld took a picture of Scott talking with a female reporter and, according to the New York Daily News, threatened to “smack the s—” out of him. Leberfeld said he would sue Scott in response.

The two had to be separated by members of the Jets’ PR staff.

This is the second time in the last three days that Leberfeld has taken a picture of Scott with a female reporter. He also reportedly did it on Wednesday, causing the woman to leave the room.

You may recall that Scott humorously declared a media “mutiny” after the team’s Week 1 win over the Bills before later saying he meant a media boycott. This incident will probably only add to his anger with the media.

UPDATE: Read about Leberfeld’s side of the story.

Bart Scott humorously declares a ‘media mutiny,’ actually plans a ‘boycott’

Bart Scott was a man full of humorous contradictions after the Jets’ impressive 48-28 thumping over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

The linebacker known for his passionate interviews and catchy quotes laid into the media for clowning the Jets before the season began.

Scott was planning to punish the media with a boycott, but he mistakenly called it a “mutiny.”

“I’ve got a media mutiny,” Scott said when approached by USA TODAY Sports’s Jim Corbett after the game.

Scott was then asked if he meant a boycott.

“Yeah, a boycott.”

He then went off on the media while explaining his mutiny.

“You guys treat us like we’re a (bleeping) joke,” Scott said, per Corbett. “You all want us to feed your papers, but then you all talk (bleep) about us. So why would I want to give you all quotes to sell papers with if you all treat us like (bleep)? That doesn’t make sense.

“You all talk stuff about us, and then when we win you flip the story. You all win either way.”

Yes Scott, we indeed are the winners.

Let’s get this straight here: first Scott declares a mutiny when he means a boycott, then he promises to keep quiet and not give the media quotes. But then he gives us some true gems in the process. If this is what he means by a media boycott, then I support it. We all know with that group of talkers the Jets have they’ll never stay quiet. And we love them for it.

Bart Scott: Prince Amukamura is still a rookie, should be bringing donuts to work

By now we are fairly sure that most of the Giants will be offering no apologies for throwing Prince Amukamara into a cold tub. While Tom Coughlin and several players have expressed regret and frustration over the video going public, the team seems to be of the belief that hazing is done out of love and brings the team closer.

Jets linebacker Bart Scott thinks that Amukamara has not played in enough games to graduate from rookie status. For that reason, Scott says he deserves the cold tub treatment and more.

“I mean I heard about it, but come on man at the end of the day Prince Amukamara is still a rookie after four games,” Scott said during an interview with 98.7 ESPN in New York. “This morning he should have brought the donuts. Come on man. He is going to get hazed.

“You can’t try to explain it because you just sound stupid trying to explain it. What I am saying is that’s football stuff. It happens all over. We cut a B + in a dude’s head because he said he graded our defense a B+. We thought he was retarded if he thought he was performing at a B+. He should be with the 1′s. He was a rookie, so we took some clippers and we cut a B+ in his head and made him wear it.”

Well, that helps explain this ugly haircut. Prince actually played in seven games last season, but we get Scott’s point. Amukamara himself said he is unsure of why he is still being hazed as a second-year player, but I guess that’s just the way it goes for some guys. Considering this is the same Bart who has been known to say things like this, it doesn’t really surprise us that he would side with the hazers and not the hazee.

Helmet knock to Sports Radio Interviews for transcribing the quotes
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Bart Scott says the Jets had a ‘sense of entitlement’ last season

There is a very fine line between confidence and arrogance, and the Jets have flirted with it quite often since Rex Ryan took over. New York carries itself like a team that knows what it takes to win a championship, but the problem is they have yet to get there. After reaching the AFC Championship game in back-to-back seasons, the Jets missed the playoffs and were a major letdown in 2011. On Monday, Bart Scott provided some insight into how the Jets plan to make sure that doesn’t happen this season.

“Not a sense of entitlement,” Scott told the Newark Star-Ledger. “Understanding how hard it is in this game, and how blessed we were to be where we were (in back-to-back AFC Championship Games). And how hungry we are to get back there, and be able to prove the doubters wrong. They have an opinion of us, and sometimes perception is reality. But it doesn’t make the perception the truth.”

Ryan is a trash talker himself who allows his players to say pretty much anything they want, so it’s no surprise to hear that the Jets became overconfident last season after the success they had the previous two. The Jets do plenty of talking, but they haven’t won anything. The sooner they realize that the better off they’ll be.

“I’ve taken my vacations already,” Scott said. “I’ve been to Paris. I’ve been to the Bahamas twice. I’m done. It’s grind. This is where I catch everybody; this is where I make my big leap, is now. When everybody else maybe takes two weeks off, I’ll go right to it.”

Sounds like someone is ready for the season to begin. Jim Kelly may think a disaster is in progress with Tim Tebow in the fold, but as far as Scott’s concerned the Jets are a focused bunch. Can’t wait!

H/T Pro Football Talk
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Bart Scott: Jets-Giants Not a Rivalry Because You Don’t Have to Fight Over Strippers in New York

There a lot of factors that play into creating a rivalry among teams.  For starters, both teams have to be good.  Even if there are two teams in the same city, it is hard to establish a heated rivalry if one team is always winning.  Then there are attitudes.  If players from both teams like to talk trash and sling insults at one another, arguments and fights are more likely to occur and help fuel the fire.  Of course, you also need a long history of entertaining match-ups between two teams like Michigan and Ohio State or the Red Sox and Yankees.  Oh yeah, and you also need to fight with the other team over strippers.

Sports Radio Interviews called our attention to a recent interview between Bart Scott and The Michael Kay Show in New York, during which Scott was asked if he senses a rivalry brewing between the Jets and Giants.  If he wasn’t known for saying such off-the-wall things during interviews, Scott’s response would probably baffle you.

“Not at all,” he said. “Like I said when I was in Baltimore I could remember with the Redskins you had guys fighting over strippers and all kind of stuff. I don’t sense that here. I think it is a mutual respect. I think the town is big enough for both of us. I think we were just trying to make a statement that hey we wanted a little bit bigger piece of the spotlight because when I got here my sense was pretty much all Giants type of town. We played in Giants Stadium. We just want to get our piece of the pie.”

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Bart Scott Tells Jets Fans to Put Down the iPads and Get Loud

Apparently Bart Scott has a problem with Jets fans.  As we have learned on multiple occasions, Scott enjoys speaking his mind more than just about any player in the league.  Over the past year we have discovered that Bart thinks the NFL is going soft, believes the Jets are a lock for the Super Bowl, and that he would make a terrific addition to the WWE.  On Thursday, we discovered he was not pleased with the Jets fan base a season ago.

“I think the last stadium was a lot louder and maybe some of the die-hard fans can’t afford tickets any more,” Scott said according to the NY Daily News via Pro Football Talk. “We have to challenge the people that’s in the stadium now to get off their iPads and tweets and represent the stadium and get loud and make it a home-field advantage for us.”

I did not watch enough Jets home games last season to know if Scott has a legitimate beef, but what I can say is that this is a huge problem at Gillette Stadium with the Patriots.  Tickets have gotten so expensive over the years that die hard fans who just want to watch football have been filtered out.  Last season, my friends and I were told to “sit down” when New England was on defense against the Colts on a crucial 3rd and short.

It is worth noting that this approach seemed to work for Rex Ryan when he first became the coach of the Jets, so perhaps the Green Teamers will answer the call once again and give New York a boost against the Cowboys Sunday night.

Bart Scott: Players ‘Wimping Out’ by Eliminating Two-a-Day Practices

On Tuesday Vikings punter Chris Kluwe complained that a handful of players were holding up the new CBA for selfish purposes. Later that night, another player expressed his dissatisfaction with one aspect of the CBA as well. That player is Jets linebacker Bart Scott. Scott is unhappy that the NFLPA got the owners to agree to essentially eliminate two-a-day practices during training camp.

“I think it’s wimping out; making football more soft,” Scott told The Star-Ledger (via NFL.com). “No reason to try and make camp easy.”

“I get concerned you’re making football players weaker because you don’t push them past that threshold. … I get concerned with the same thing with the quarterback stuff, that they turn it into flag football; they turn it into little pansy stuff.”

“Two-a-days, it’s what football is all about,” Scott said. “It’s about endurance, pain, will, putting yourself through something when your body is telling you it doesn’t want to go. Your mind controlling your body. That’s what camp is all about. With one-a-days, guys might not be in as good of shape as they would have been. Camp tears you down, and then a smart coach starts pulling back in enough time that allows players’ bodies to build back up.”

See, this is the territory we get in where you worry if the players got too much power. Things need to be even, things need to be fair. Coaches can’t feel like the players will pull out their contracts Roger Dorn-style if they’re asked to practice more than they want, even if this was done for player safety-purposes. As Scott said, this is taking away reps from coaches. Let’s just hope players have the same attitude as Scott where they want to practice to get better.