The NY Jets have been criticized for years for being one of the worst teams in the NFL, but now, they're under fire for a very different (and much more ridiculous) reason: the location of their stadium.
As most football fans already know, both the Jets and Giants play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Ever since the Giants moved out of the Big Apple in 1976 and the Jets followed them eight years later, both franchises have retained the "New York" moniker.
According to the New York Daily News, a fan is suing the New York Jets and New York Giants for their misnamed franchises.
Abdiell Suero, the disgruntled fan in question and the plaintiff of the lawsuit, filed a class action complaint demanding both franchises return to New York in 2025 (Suero resides in Greenwich Village).
But wait, there's more.
Suero has also requested as much as $6 billion in compensatory and punitive damages, and that the two teams get rebranded as the East Rutherford Giants and Jets for as long as they continue to play in New Jersey.
The "damages" that the lawsuit refers to include financial duress, in which the plaintiff was subjected to "expensive and time-consuming transportation" from New York to New Jersey to watch season games.
An angry fan sues NY Jets and Giants franchises, demands both teams return to New York
The second (and much more laughable) part is the plaintiff's claim of emotional damages: the lawsuit states the plaintiff and other fans "lost their connection with the teams when they relocated to New Jersey" and even mentions suffering "depression, sadness, and anxiety...as a result of the Defendants' conduct."
The plaintiff would have a better shot claiming emotional damages for how painfully bad the Jets and Giants have been in recent years.
Instead, the plaintiff is hurt because...the Jets moved to New Jersey. Sounds like he has quite the toxic relationship with the franchise. Don't we all.
Finally, like an Onion article that won't end, the lawsuit claims defamation of the state of New York, as summarized by the plaintiff's attorney Evan Spencer.
"The Giants and Jets have no legal or ethical right to play in a stadium built on cheap landfills in New Jersey and still call themselves New York franchises. New York is a special state and an iconic brand that can’t be used by NFL New Jersey Teams to increase their value."- Evan Spencer
Cheap landfills! That's just a low blow.
In response to the lawsuit, the Giants issued a statement declaring “this case has no merit and we will defend it vigorously.” The Jets have not responded at the time of writing.
Someone please explain to the plaintiff that the New England Patriots do not, in fact, play in the state of "New England," and we can all move on from this farce.
The Jets have a million other things to worry about — the apparently misleading whereabouts of their stadium is not one of them.