Sheldon Richardson is a clubhouse cancer

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Sheldon Richardson
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 28: Sheldon Richardson /

Sheldon Richardson’s continued immaturity and his inability to let go of a feud with an ex-teammate are making a difficult upcoming season for the New York Jets look increasingly hopeless. The Jets need to move on from him at all costs. 

What can be written when a writer finds himself at a loss for words? What can be said when reality becomes so unreal that there are no words left to describe it? Such is the situation I find myself in with Sheldon Richardson and his ongoing immaturity with the New York Jets.

It’s no secret that this has been a rough week for Jets fans. The offseason roster purge was brutal enough. Now reports have surfaced that Quincy Enunwa, the Jets best remaining wide receiver, will be out for the entire upcoming season.

Even before losing Enunwa, the Jets were devoid of talent on the offensive side of the ball. Without him, the Jets might not win a game all season. On the bright side, the adversity the Jets are already experiencing provides the players with a great opportunity to step up and be leaders. Now is the time for players to keep their heads down, to put in the extra work, and to aspire to prove the doubters wrong.

Cue Richardson:

Jets DLM Sheldon Richardson unloaded on former teammate Brandon Marshall. Recalling last year's locker-room…

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 7, 2017

On the same day that the Jets lose their best offensive player, Richardson decided to once again publicly criticize his ex-teammate, Brandon Marshall.

Many Jets fans grew tired of Marshall by the end of last season. Many fans may be inclined to praise Richardson for his candor. But should they feel this way? Let’s dissect the situation.

For a moment, let’s assume that Richardson has not faced multiple criminal charges since joining the Jets. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt on his previous criticisms of Marshall, chalking them up to youthful passion and good intentions. And heck, for the sake of fairness, let’s even ignore that time he made a derogatory remark about women right before a game.

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, let’s assume that Richardson is a mature, hard-working man with passion and good intentions.

Alright, so now that we’ve buried our collective heads so far in the sand that we can see China from Metlife Stadium, let’s examine this latest incident. On a day when Richardson should be rallying his current teammates, he decided to bash a previous one.

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On a day when Richardson should be focused on owning his mistakes and becoming a better person, he placed the blame on another person.

On a day when Richardson should be silently working, he’s sitting and shouting.

On a day when the Jets and their fans needed hope, he could only offer venom.

Richardson is right about one thing. The fans can never fully know what happened in the Jets locker room last year. The fans can never really know who is at fault, or what players quit versus what players persisted throughout the brutal 2016 season.

I could make a strong argument for Marshall’s character, but that’s not what really matters here. Marshall, or any other player in any other NFL room, doesn’t matter here. The only thing that matters is what the Jets need to accomplish in 2017, and what role Richardson will play in helping them reach their goals.

Richardson still doesn’t get it. And with a contract currently set to expire by the end of the year, he may be running out of second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances.

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