Joe McKnight gets more than he wanted after Applebee’s dinner

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Gastrointestinal distress and Joe McKnight seem to have a way of finding one another.

McKnight’s entry into the collective consciousness of football fans came when he couldn’t make it through his first workout with the Jets as a rookie without throwing up. That moment was captured in the Jets’ appearance on Hard Knocks and remained McKnight’s most memorable moment in the pros until his blocked punt helped the Jets win their 2011 season opener against the Cowboys.

McKnight’s stomach is acting up again, but it isn’t practice that’s causing him problems this time. It seems McKnight decided to hit an Applebee’s close to Jets camp for dinner on Tuesday night and wound up having strip steak, shrimp and a side of food poisoning. Kimberley Martin of Newsday reports that McKnight spent several hours vomiting and required an IV to replace the fluids he lost while being sick.

The Jets expect to have McKnight, who gained 16 pounds this offseason thanks to the tempting treats offered at McDonald’s, back at practice on Thursday. And Applebee’s probably shouldn’t hold any tables in reserve for other Jets looking for a nibble for the rest of training camp.

16 responses to “Joe McKnight gets more than he wanted after Applebee’s dinner

  1. Crapplebees.

    I’ve heard horror stories from kids that have worked there. I will never go there.

  2. The amount of national damage a report like this can do to a restaurant chain cannot be overestimated.
    If it is not absolutely certain that;
    A. It was in fact food poisoning and
    B. It was confirmed it came from Applebees.
    Then I think Applebees has a defamation case.

    What did McKnight eat in the hours prior to going to the restaurant? Did anybody else get sick as well, or just this customer? Was it actually diagnosed by a medical professional or could it of been a stomach virus? All this information should be verified before dragging a business through the mud on a national site. Lazy reporting and non-verification can cause profound damage to any business.

  3. National chains are just awful anyways. Why go to a bland corporate restaurant with massive portions, when you can go to a mom and pop restaurant who appreciate the businness more and tastes better? Applebees has to be the worst of the national chain restaurants.

  4. Food poisoning or something similar his a quick way to loose weight. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets don’t force him to eat dinner there the next couple of weeks. 16 pounds gone, easy.

  5. beauregard says: “The amount of national damage a report like this can do to a restaurant chain cannot be overestimated.
    If it is not absolutely certain that;
    A. It was in fact food poisoning and
    B. It was confirmed it came from Applebees.
    Then I think Applebees has a defamation case.”

    If only this website had access to someone who might be familiar with legal terms like libel– a “lawyer,” if you will

  6. mattyk72 says: Aug 1, 2012 4:19 PM

    It simply amazes me that pro athletes eat such junk. Gaining 16 lbs from eating McDonald’s is just gross.

    That was a joke, Matthew K…He actually got in heat for saying that from his trainers. For people saying why would he go to applebees, he’s at training camp in the middle of upstate NY. I’m sure his options were limited. I woulda just ate at wawa.

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