Friday, January 02, 2009
Yo Brett, holla at ya boy
A day after being ripped in the media for ripping his QB in the media, Thomas Jones was on full blown, stage 5 damage control duty. The Jets Pro-Bowl running back was more than a little pissed about Brett Favre's performance against the Miami Dolphins:
"The other day, the three interceptions really hurt us. I mean, that's just reality. If I were to sit here and say, 'Oh, man, it's OK,' that's not reality. ... I don't like it, I know everybody else on the team doesn't like it.
"If somebody is not playing well, they need to come out of the game. You're jeopardizing the whole team because you're having a bad day. To me, that's not fair to everybody else. You're not the only one on the team. So when you get to the wire and somebody is just giving the game up, I mean, it's just not [fair]."
Today, Mr. Jones went on ESPN's First Take to, um, clarify his remarks.
First, and this is very important, he wanted to make sure that everyone knows he went on Hot 97 to talk about his music company and one of his artists, not Brett Favre.
"I went to HOT 97 to talk about my music company, Outta Pocket Entertainment, and my artist Miko that I am working with. I didn't go up there and anticipate some Brett Favre questions."
Despite not anticipating those questions (and why would he, I mean, a NY radio station talking to a NY football player whose team only days before was eliminated from the playoffs after leading the division after 12 weeks, why would football be brought up) he sure as hell was willing to answer them. Um, here's a whacky idea Thomas, try saying something like "no comment" or "I am not going to discuss the season until my company drops more albums than Ron Artest's".
Jones also wanted to people to know that when he answered the question about how he, Jones, looks at a player who is playing poorly that he:
"Answered that in a general way, a general answer, the question was not geared towards Brett Favre. When she asked me that question she did not say 'do you think Brett Favre should have come out the game, do you think Brett Favre was playing badly. When she asked me that question, I answered it generally."
Yeah, okay, so you were talking about QB, who plays for the Jets, who threw three interceptions against the Miami Dolphins, but you were not talking about Brett Favre, that seems reasonable. Just like if someone said the Jets' running game sucked, they aren't talking about you specifically, just in general the running game sucked, of which you are the main focus of.
So after a minute or so of deflecting, Boozy the Clown's sister Dana Jacabson wanted to get to the point like it was a bottle of vodka and directly asked Jones what he thought should have happened with Favre during the Miami game. Always willing to answer a question, Jones responded.
"Well, I mean, at the end of the day that's what the coaches and those guys get paid for, that make those decisions. The only thing I could give my opinion on was the interceptions and that's what I did. As far as him coming out, that's not my call, just like if I am in the game and I am not playing well and I have 2 or 3 fumbles, if you need to come out of the game that's not my call, I'm not going to take myself out of the game."
After another futile attempt by the Belvedere spokeswoman to get Jones to answer the question as to whether or not he thought Favre should have been benched, which was met with more deflection, Jones said that even though he has not spoken with Favre since Jones' comments, he and Brett are cool. I am sure that Favre is not pissed for being ripped by his teammates in the media, why would he be, he knows all he has to do is forget about NY and the Jets get to pick from their fleet of career back ups to start next year.