Jun 26, 2013; North Attleborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots former tight end Aaron Hernandez (left) stands with his attorney Michael Fee as he is arraigned in Attleboro District Court. Hernandez is charged with first degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. Mandatory Credit: The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets and the Media Double Standard Will Never Go Away

A tweet from our friend Jake Steinberg got me thinking about the subject of this post. Take a look at what he had to say yesterday:


This got me thinking about the recent events around the league, and reminded me of the double standard that will never go away. It reminded me that Jake is absolutely right here.

First of all, apparently there was an incident with a member of the New York Giants. LB Dan Connor was arrested trying to bring a knife into the airport in Philadelphia.  Now, this is a player from the New York Giants getting arrested.  You would think there would be more media coverage, right?

No.  I didn’t even know about the incident before Jake mentioned it in an earlier tweet.  This has fallen by the radar and unless you are looking for it, you had no idea.  Why?  Because nobody writes bad press about the Giants.  Tom Coughlin and company run a “tight ship”, and the media never wants to rock that boat.

What would have happened here if Dan Connor was a member of the New York Jets?  The “circus” would be back in the news, that’s what.  We would hear chapter and verse on how the Jets can’t control the members of their own organization, how Rex is in charge of the frat house, and the Jets can’t do anything right.  We would hear that the more things change, the more things stay the same.

But not the Giants.  If it happens to a member of the Giants, that is swept under the rug.  That’s the double standard.

And then you have the Aaron Hernandez story.  That is one that is well documented, I am not going to rehash it for you.  But I am going to make my point.  Have you all been following this?  Immediately after he was arrested, we heard stories about Hernandez’s day by day schedule in jail.  We learned how he is learning to adjust to life in prison.  Then, we find out how the team and the organization was tricked by Hernandez.


The press has given us all this information about how the Patriots were tricked.  This bad thing had to happen to such a great organization.  Imagine if this happened to the Jets?  The “circus” talk would return, and it would never go away.  The Jets would be equated with Pi Alpha Idiot basically.  It would never be dropped, that’s my point.

But with the Patriots, they were tricked.  All of a sudden, we are supposed to care how this thug is managing in jail.  We are supposed to care that the organization was tricked.  Nobody criticizes the Pats for choosing this guy in the first place.

It would happen to us.  We would get slammed for this, and that is why there is a double standard, and it will never go away.

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

    The media is out of control-The media is the real circus –24 hour news cycle with 10 minutes of news. ESPN and the NFL network invents news to justify their programing> ESPN just went 3 weeks- day and night- TV and radio about Dwight Howard??? WHO CARES! Wise-up lame sheep and Im not one of them anymore- I just canceled direct tv who wants to charge me almost a C-note a month for this crapola–NO Thanks -I bought a HD antenna -as far as live games I know where to get what I want when I want it and dont have to be forced fed a lot of garbage from screaming heads with communication degrees.

    • TheJetPress

      “screaming heads with communication degrees”….Good analogy I like that.

  • charles gallo

    There was more coverage of Mark’s party and Rex’s run then there was of the Giant arrested with a knife at an airport.

    • TheJetPress

      Exactly right Charles.

    • matr dontelli iii

      that pretty much sums up the new york and mainstream national media. and when we were kids we laughed about the enquirer.

      • TheJetPress

        very true

  • Paul Newbold

    I agree with the fact that NY “sports writers” are out of control and biased. The problem is Woody and the Jet organization invite them to the party more than not. Woody seems to have an obsession with the back pages of the NY Media Circus. “Tom Coughlin and company run a tight ship and the media doesn’t want to rock that boat”, what does that say about “Rex Ryan and company”? Idjik faces many challenges rebuilding this organization and the media may be the toughest of them all.

    • TheJetPress

      Very true Paul. Woody and the gang don’t do anything to keep the away. The media issue may be the toughest of them all for John to fix.

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

      at least 2 times in Coughlins tenure with the giants his head was on the chopping block. Some tight ship with malcontent players in the locker room retired or active salary issues, players shooting themselves going to prison.Lots of media circus for the the boys in blue. The stars and the planets all alined for Coughlin to ride two 9-7 teams to SB wins. God bless Brett Farve for a OT int gift at home and a chuck a luck pass to a special teams 4rth string WR that stuck to his helmet. In today’s world repeat something on TV 3 times and its true,like the “Patriot Way” of Coughlin’s tight ship.

      • Paul Newbold

        No doubt Joe. I was simply quoting the article. The Boys in Blue have had their share. No love loss here for the Giants!

  • matr dontelli iii

    so many people who keep espn dear to their hearts and saved in their ‘favorites’ like to blame woody, rex and mr. t. for the media issues. hello there, not meaning to un-misinform anyone but the jets have received bad press around here since, like forever. the media mocked herm who ran pretty much a choir boy team. they mocked mangini who didn’t let them have anything. does anybody remember the press we got in the 90s? not a lotta positives back then either. idzik has handled the media perfectly since day one. he has shown that he will not allow them to bully or influence him. they have nothing to say and all day to try to say it. once we start winning they’ll have to give up the ‘least talent in the league’ stories and find something else. and they will. if the head coach wants to run with the bulls in spain during the offseason he should be able to. instead he gets criticized by people who wouldn’t dare do something ‘so dangerous and crazy’. and for those who think he’s doing things for attention, he did not publicize it, fans did. he openly talks about his family and his love for his wife rather than get caught being unfaithful yet he gets criticized. and the sheep continue to read and listen. sheesh. truth, justice and the american way

    • TheJetPress

      you are right on all counts matr