Erik Ainge Saved Mark Sanchez from Humiliation from a Party Video

Jun 11, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) and New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the New York Jets minicamp session at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

You could argue that there aren’t a lot of people out there that have had Mark Sanchez’s back through the years, but one guy who did, during his short time with the Jets, was backup quarterback Erik Ainge.

Erik Ainge, in a report with our friend Kristian Dyer at Metro, talked about the wildness that is Mark Sanchez when it’s party time.  For example, there was a party in 2009 where Mark ended up streaking with his girlfriend through his condo, and when the clothes went down, someone raised a cel phone to take a picture.  Thankfully Ainge was there to smash the camera so the film could not remain recorded.  Mark paid for the damage, but the incident was still there.

Ainge ran in the same circles with Mark a lot, and talked about how things would go:

“There were numerous times when things would happen, when things would go down, articles of clothing would be removed,” Ainge told Metro. “Mark is goofy. He played truth or dare. He was kind of awkward around girls, so he needed other people around him to help him out. I was good at that — there were other guys who were good with that. So we’d help him out and talk him through his awkwardness. It happened to him with the 17-year old who said she wasn’t 17. Now the butt video and there’s been several other issues just like that, but he’s always had wingmen.”

Now, nobody is making a deal about this, he shouldn’t get disciplined or anything. I mean, compared to the Aaron Hernandez thing, this is nothing. This is a kid having fun who needs to be careful from letting it go too far.

Mark has to understand that as the quarterback in NY, he is under the microscope, and everything he does will be judged. Don’t be stupid.

Topics: Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

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  • Paul Newbold

    This report is sort of scary. Mark had some allegations while in college, then this report from Ainge (if its to be believed) about wild parties throughout his career in which “scantily clothed women”. I’m not saying discipline is needed, hell I don’t really care much what he does! I’m just saying maybe Mark could complete a few more passes if he wasn’t playing “truth or dare”! I mean what is this guy, 12???

    • TheJetPress

      It’s a good point Paul. On it’s face there are a lot worse things that go on than this stuff with Mark but it’s like, “grow up already”

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

    when Ainge who had his own problems has to keep the starting 50 million dollar QB in check in social situations there is problems—yes players in the NFL have done worse -kiiling –DWIs -blow all their money- but we are not talking about that—Is this someone who could lead a winning football team and Buckle down in tough times in adversity ? Obviously not. The 1st 2 years of Sanchez’s tenure the team carried him with a with a great defense and a top running game –even then he struggled many times. Sanchez was a “hot house orchid” everything had to be just right. Bring on Geno I been ready for a change 4 over 2 years. GO JETS!

    • TheJetPress

      You know how I feel about Mark, Joe, but certainly see where you are coming from on this.

  • matr dontelli iii

    Sorry guys but I really don’t see the correlation between being a dork in social situations and quarterbacking poorly. From virtually all reports the guy studies diligently, the exception being a coupla espn dopes who talk all day with nothing to say claiming he doesnt. We know he seeks out other QBs for advice. His coach claims he works hard while criticizing him for unnecessary mistakes. If he don’t have it in him to be an nfl QB that’s one thing but when we start hating on him for unrelated behavior it becomes just that, hating on him. Might as well just tune in to espn.