Sunday, November 18, 2012
Bart tries to lead media boycott
By Rich Cimini
ST. LOUIS -- Even with a win, the Jets can't avoid controversy.
Linebacker Bart Scott, who's had his share of run-ins with reporters, tried to orchestrate a media mutiny among the defensive players after the Jets' 27-13 win over the Rams Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.
Scott told his defensive teammates to answer all questions with, "Both teams played hard" -- and that's it.
Initially, at least two players, CB Antonio Cromartie and DE Muhammad Wilkerson, were willing to go along with Scott's edict. When Scott emerged from the shower and saw LB Bryan Thomas chatting with a group of reporters, he barked, "Really, Bryan? Really?"
Scott wasn't irate -- there seemed to be a hint of levity in his voice -- but he kept haranguing Thomas. He called Thomas a "f------ sellout." To his credit, Thomas kept talking to reporters. Yeremiah Bell called over to Scott and told him to stop.
In the end, the boycott fizzles and players cooperated with the media, including Scott, who stood in front of his locker for an interview. He accused the media of trying to divide the team.
Some players were upset with the media in the wake of a New York Daily News story in which unnamed players ripped backup QB Tim Tebow.