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Bart Scott vows to “ball out,” and more

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After conclusion of a disappointing 2011 season, Jets linebacker Bart Scott used one finger to bid farewell to the New York media, also telling a photographer to “[g]et that f–king thing out of my face.”  The incident came in the wake of at least one report from the New York media that the team would be telling Bart to get out of their face, too.

Though flashing no fingers (or any other body parts), Scott was defiant on Saturday regarding the coming season.  “You guys tried to throw dirt on me,” Scott told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.  “My prognosis:  I’m going to ball out.”

The Jets were ready to throw dirt on Scott, exploring a possible trade but being unable to move a contract with plenty of guaranteed money.  And Scott probably would have been happy to leave, given that he wasn’t happy with his lack of snaps.

Scott now wants to erase the image created by his hand-made exclamation point on the 2011 season.  He says that he took a reduced salary last year and spearheaded an effort to persuade running back LaDainian Tomlinson and linebacker Calvin Pace to accept less money, too, as the team pursued cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

“Really?  I’m the bad dude?” Scott said. “I’m the one that convinced LT to take a pay cut, so we could try to get Nnamdi.  I’m the one who took the hit first.  I told LT and Calvin . . . but I’m painted as an asshole.  I ain’t never been an asshole.  You can’t paint me as the bad guy.”

No one is painting Scott as a bad guy; he painted himself that way with a one-finger brush.  But if blaming those who noticed and reacted to the gesture for noticing and reacting to it helps Scott find motivation for the coming season, so be it.

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53 Responses to “Bart Scott vows to “ball out,” and more”
  1. txxxchief says: Sep 2, 2012 9:48 AM

    Maybe they should rename the Jets the “Looney Tunes” because they have so many cartoon characters on their team.

  2. mattyk72 says: Sep 2, 2012 9:48 AM

    Just shut up and play. Or “ball out” as you say.

    I love these guys that always have to point the finger at everyone other than themselves.

  3. diesel23 says: Sep 2, 2012 9:50 AM

    this guy is a physco

  4. sylar1888 says: Sep 2, 2012 9:55 AM

    Once a turd, always a turd!

  5. nosoupforyou2012 says: Sep 2, 2012 9:56 AM

    I like what Bart Scott brought to the jets, but unfortunately his ability no longer matches his intensity and sooner or later he will become a headache for that lockerroom and coaching staff…and I’m leaning towards the former.

  6. camdenyard says: Sep 2, 2012 9:57 AM

    As usual, Bart needs to do more chalking and less talking.

  7. kantnockdahustle89 says: Sep 2, 2012 9:58 AM

    Come back to Bmore. We need LB help.

  8. yesimabillsfan says: Sep 2, 2012 10:01 AM

    I can’t wait for their downfall to begin again…and it starts week 1

  9. petehemlock says: Sep 2, 2012 10:01 AM

    11-5

  10. jakescott13 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:02 AM

    Just what we need, more chatter from the hapless Jets. He’d better ball out because he’s going to be on the field for a long time this season.

  11. ranksarot says: Sep 2, 2012 10:05 AM

    some of these guys would make good republicans. They live in fantasy land also.

  12. flash1283 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:06 AM

    At some point do even Jet fans get tired of all the talking from this team and it’s coach?

  13. vincentbojackson says: Sep 2, 2012 10:07 AM

    Another in the long line of truly uplifting stories coming out of Jets organization this season.

    It’ll be a miracle if this group of dysfunctional clowns wins five games this season.

  14. blitz87 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:08 AM

    Scott has been one of the more overrated players in the NFL over the last handful of years.

  15. metrocritical says: Sep 2, 2012 10:11 AM

    Bart Scott is just one of those guys that is just too dumb to know that he is too dumb to speak to the public.

  16. cmdrsmooth says: Sep 2, 2012 10:11 AM

    Bart was a liability last year. Looks like a different player in preseason. The man is flying all over, hoping he has a huge year to get us back on top.

  17. wryly1 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:14 AM

    Bart, it nothing personal, it’s a business. You weren’t getting paid a lot of money to play bad – or talk bad, either.

  18. realnflmaster says: Sep 2, 2012 10:16 AM

    Age catches up to everyone. He was a beast in Baltimore and a beast in his first season in New York. But he got lazy, had his weight rise and now is medicore are best.

    I still remember the vicious hit he put on Roethlisberger, and the victory interview after the JETS stomped the Cheats in NE in the playoffs.

  19. jsnrobles1 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:18 AM

    Stop opening your mouths and just play already. This team need to stop talking.

  20. billsfan1 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:19 AM

    you not a bad dude, but you are an annoying dude. your talk far outweighs your production

  21. rockthered1286 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:20 AM

    Bart is truly part of an elite group including Ed Hartwell, Adalius Thomas, Will Demps, Laron Landry and himself amongst others. Former Ravens who thought they were better than they are. Sucks not having a system with Ray and Reed doesn’t it??

  22. cooklynn17 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:23 AM

    Still obsessed with the Giants rally call All In and Finish right Bart?

    So you come up with a tired slogan that first appeared in the basketball world 20 plus years ago. Awesome!!!

    Try getting the ball in the end zone before you talk about balling out.

    The Jets, the biggest joke on the planet.

  23. wasting083 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:24 AM

    Actions speak louder than words Bart.

  24. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:26 AM

    Last time Bart Scott opened his mouth and spewed “CAN’T WAIT!!!,” his team lost.

  25. jtm12180 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:32 AM

    I’m sure I speak for all of PFT-land….:

    “can’t wait…” (rolling eyes)

  26. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:41 AM

    Thats what Lance Armstrong said………..

  27. towniesman says: Sep 2, 2012 10:55 AM

    Once again you’ll be “balling out” behind the Pats in the standings there Bart

  28. canetic says: Sep 2, 2012 11:02 AM

    He spelled “bail out” wrong.

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 2, 2012 11:02 AM

    If by balling he means tears running down his face…….

  30. larrydavid7000 says: Sep 2, 2012 11:04 AM

    I think what scott really means is that he is going to BAIL OUT of this run away train wreck of a season.AKA the jets.

  31. yooperman says: Sep 2, 2012 11:07 AM

    The JERSEY Jet’s

  32. trollaikman8 says: Sep 2, 2012 11:10 AM

    Another stellar signing from Tannenbaum.
    Let’s not forget to give credit where credit is due.

  33. Paul Stagg says: Sep 2, 2012 11:10 AM

    He was a lot better when he was playing next to Ray Lewis.

  34. barstoolio says: Sep 2, 2012 11:11 AM

    That got Favre in trouble as a Jet.

  35. whitechocolate2 says: Sep 2, 2012 11:15 AM

    LMAO @ yesimabillsfan

    Buffalo will score a max of 14 points in that Week 1 matchup, and start the season 0-1. Book it.

    Mario Williams can only do so much. if it wasn’t for that DL, that team would be just as bad off as Miami.

  36. 13fitzj says: Sep 2, 2012 11:30 AM

    Bart has always been a psycho, but he’s looked pretty sharp this preseason after losing some weight and he seems like he has a bit of a refreshed vigor for the game compared to last year (maybe because the Jets told him to get better or get out). We’ll see if he does, indeed, “ball out.” Otherwise, the lightning-quick rookie Demario Davis is waiting in the wings.

  37. wherezwaldo says: Sep 2, 2012 11:31 AM

    Ahhh Rex Ryan’s puppet.

  38. macarwolf says: Sep 2, 2012 11:33 AM

    Don’t he need to be on offense to ball out???

  39. fuzzynuts55 says: Sep 2, 2012 11:34 AM

    Going to be a long painful season jets fans..

  40. fringetastic says: Sep 2, 2012 11:38 AM

    Thank you for using the full quote and not bleeping any words.

  41. exibitsman says: Sep 2, 2012 11:47 AM

    The jets should have cut this big mouth fool before the Draft. :He’s going to ball out : yea ok Dick face what about the money you stole the first two seasons of
    Your contract your a joke dude your just collecting checks from the jets it really doesn’t matter to you if you win or lose.

  42. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 2, 2012 11:50 AM

    He didn’t spell “bail out” wrong. The player said “ball out”. I have never heard that term in my life and just googled it, it is a slang term for going to the strip club to blow lots of cash!

    That’s really sad that the reporters didn’t google the term on the spot which is what I would have done immediately since I had no idea what he was talking about. They need to follow up on that question and ask why a serious football player would be bragging about going to a strip club for a mega session is a good response to these questions.

    That kind of attitude you think is more likely to get you cut?

  43. nofaceangler718 says: Sep 2, 2012 12:03 PM

    The only reason Scott took a slight pay cut last season was that they agreed to guarantee his entire salary for this season. I believe he was only guaranteed 1-1.5 mill of a 3.5-4.5 payday for this season. If the money wasn’t guaranteed, with the way he played last season, he would have either been cut or forced to take a lot less money.

  44. jasnite says: Sep 2, 2012 12:13 PM

    jtm12180 says:Sep 2, 2012 10:32 AM

    I’m sure I speak for all of PFT-land….:

    “can’t wait…” (rolling eyes)

    LMAO…You beat me to it…. “Can’t Wait”…

  45. samoanjungle says: Sep 2, 2012 12:15 PM

    Why do the Jets players and coaches feel the need to declare how good they are or what they are going to do all the time?
    Maybe they are trying to convince themselves.

  46. hakeem1024 says: Sep 2, 2012 1:17 PM

    Kevin hart ball out

  47. scottnrsv says: Sep 2, 2012 1:20 PM

    Bart looked great in the preseason. Always liked him
    Since he came to NY. Can’t wait!

  48. ravenmaniacisback says: Sep 2, 2012 2:14 PM

    Washed up blowhard!

  49. jackychilds says: Sep 2, 2012 2:14 PM

    If Rex Ryan brought Ray Lewis to the Jets instead of Bart Scott, the Jets would’ve won 2 SB rings.

  50. footballchic777 says: Sep 2, 2012 2:19 PM

    Bart Scott is a blow hard that needs to keep his mouth shut and play the game. It shouldn’t take incentive for him to have to “ball out”! That is what he is getting PAID TO DO! How about you just WALK THE TALK Scott!

  51. backindasaddle says: Sep 2, 2012 2:26 PM

    Bart is just a very frustrated and angry jerk. He’s perpetually pissed off because he sees his career coming to an end, he’s never gone to a Super Bowl, and he knows being stuck on this dysfunctional Jets team means that he never will either. I love it. Couldn’t happen to a better guy.

  52. prestonmac says: Sep 2, 2012 2:47 PM

    @thestrategyexpert I also “Googled” the term. And it is,according to the Urban Dictionary, to perform something successfully and effortlessly. Without looking that up even I knew what Scott meant. You sir, have to be the best player in the NIL. National Idiots League that is……

  53. heybeerman95 says: Sep 2, 2012 3:46 PM

    Balling out….I don”t get it. Is he going to football? Is he going to cry till he can’t cry anymore? Or is he making a porno?

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