NY Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has come under intense scrutiny during his time with the organization. His struggles have amplified a growing sense that his time with the franchise has all but come to an end.
Perhaps the peak of that scrutiny came during his most recent — and perhaps final — performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars this past Thursday night.
Wilson was booed relentlessly almost from the very start of the game. The former No. 2 overall pick was eventually benched in favor of 27-year-old journeyman and practice squad member Chris Streveler in a move that essentially sealed Wilson's fate.
After the game, one "fan" decided it would be a good idea (it was not) to message Wilson's mom, Lisa, on Instagram with a needless, passive-aggressive message. Lisa didn't take too kindly to the message.
She replied in a now leaked Instagram DM calling the Jets' fan base "toxic."
"It's not possible for anyone to be successful here. Your fan base is toxic. Merry Christmas."- Lisa Wilson
Zach Wilson's mom thinks NY Jets fans are toxic
Let's get one thing straight first. If you make the decision to message a player's family because you're not pleased with their performance on the field, you're a loser. There's no point in sugarcoating this. This is as lame as lame gets.
Wilson's mom has a right to be upset that this person (and likely many others, unfortunately) messaged her about her son's performance on a football field. Don't do that folks. Seriously.
That said, it's also fair to say that Wilson's shortcomings likely aren't a product of the Jets' fan base — one that is typically very supportive of their quarterbacks, past and present. The majority of Jets fans still actively cheer on ex-Jets draft picks like Sam Darnold and Geno Smith.
The criticism surrounding Wilson has been mostly warranted. The former second-overall pick has fallen well short of expectations with the Jets and the team seems likely to move on in the very near future.
Criticism is fair and expected. Messaging a player's family (or even the player themselves) is foolish and just plain stupid.
Has Zach Wilson been a disappointment with the Jets? Absolutely — and that's probably an understatement. But stay out of players' and their families' DMs. Don't be one of those people. Nobody likes those people.