Jets linebacker Bart Scott is often outlandish in his public comments, but give him credit for getting it exactly right in his comments on the lockout Thursday, noting that the NFL had a great thing going in 2010 and that the lockout is seriously jeopardizing whether the league can keep that great thing going much longer.
“We’re bordering now on the verge of insanity,” Scott told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, via the New York Daily News. “Fans don’t want to hear about lockout. They don’t want to hear about people arguing over $9 billion. They want the bottom line. Because at the end of the day, these guys are saving up throughout the entire year to come out and spend their hard earned money to see football. And we’re telling them that they can spend their hard earned money but we’re not playing until we figure it out.”
Scott said Patriots owner Robert Kraft got it exactly right when he said the players and the owners are both risking alienating the fans.
“I don’t agree with the Patriots on a lot of things, but I agree with him that we’re really on the verge of irritating our fan base and damaging the fabric of the game,” Scott said.
In labeling the league as on the verge of insanity, Scott said one of the most sane things we’ve heard about the lockout.