ESPN and Others Need to Stop Creating Controversy with the New York Jets

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Antonio Cromartie was interviewed by our friends at “ESPN First Take”(pictured on page one). They asked him where he fits on the wide receiver depth chart, and we know how he responded by now.

Let’s think about that question.

“Where do you it on the depth chart?” If he answers the way he did, well, we see the headlines that come out. If he had said anything else, like that he is at the bottom, the headlines would have talked about how Cromartie doesn’t feel he is good enough to share time at WR, the way the team wants.

Again, a situation where the player can’t win. They asked Cromartie a question that is solely designed to elicit a headline. They set Cromartie up to give an answer that would only be a problem.

The better idea would have been to ask him how he feels about playing offense. Ask him if being mixed into the offense, he thinks he can make an impact. Again, that would give Antonio the opportunity to give an open ended answer without calling out his teammates.

But ESPN didn’t do that. Instead, they ask a question that elicits a headline. A question designed to cause controversy.


As I said before, the players are responsible for what they say. They are certainly to blame for making comments. But, the interviewers need to be fair. They need to stop asking questions that are designed to cause a problem.

ESPN, and everyone else, you need to stop this. It’s just unacceptable.

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  • Ferraro41

    I couldn’t agree more. Although, I would absolutely lump the NY media into the same bucket. Perhaps they haven’t been quite as bad as ESPN, but they are still complicit in this whole charade.

    The problem is that the “circus” that everyone almost gleefully predicted hasn’t
    materialized, else something like this Cro situation wouldn’t even get a mention. Tebow was
    going to be a huge distraction, drawing tens of thousands of fans into Cortland
    and causing all sorts of issues. The reality? Attendance at camp is actually
    slightly DOWN. Aside from ESPN’s daily reports of their imaginary “Jets QB Competition”,
    it’s been completely uneventful. One might even say pretty freaking boring. No
    spouting off about SB’s. No Hard Knocks. No Rex writing “Soon to be SB Champs” on ESPN buses.
    No hold outs. No GQ spreads. Just football.

    And the media can’t handle it. They said it was going to be a circus, dammit, and so it shall be, even if they have to overreact to every little thing that goes on (which is precisely what is happening).

  • Donald Lyons

    OMG! This is EXACTLY what I’ve been feeling all week. There are 31 OTHER teams in the league. I have not watched any of the ESPN crap on either of its networks this week. As soon as a I heard that Tebow was headed to New York I knew that my TV watching during this coming football season would be limited. I just knew that the networks would go absolutley apeshit with this Tebow crap EVERY WEEK. But I didn’t expect ESPN to actually camp out at Jets camp. Who makes these decisions?