Jets receiver Santonio Holmes was widely blamed at the end of last season for being the player most responsible for the problems in the team’s locker room. But Holmes doesn’t think he has any reason to say he’s sorry.
Asked today at the start of the Jets’ offseason program whether he has any regrets, Holmes shot back, “Why should I?”
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News writes that when reporters pressed Holmes today about the final game of the season at Miami, where he got into arguments with teammates and was benched, Holmes said he has no reason to revisit that.
“I gave my statement after the game was over with and that was that,” Holmes said. “I left it at that. That’s why you guys didn’t have anything to talk about this offseason. You didn’t have anything to say to Santonio Holmes because I answered the questions correctly and I left it where it was at. It happened down in Miami. And that’s where it’s going to stay. Down in Miami.”
Holmes is viewed by some as a destructive force in the Jets’ locker room, but he said he’s on board with the team-first approach that head coach Rex Ryan has urged, and he hinted that the media have made too big a deal of what happened in late 2011.
“I’ve been a better teammate to be a part of the NFL for seven years,” Holmes said. “Regardless of the things that you guys report and the way you say and the way you portray it, it doesn’t matter.”
The stories about the locker room might not matter to Holmes. But if Holmes and Mark Sanchez can’t get on the same page, it will matter to the Jets.