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Former teammate: Sanchez “dumb while being dumb”

The Jets haven’t said much about the Mark Sanchez bare-butt video that made the rounds this week — largely because there might not be that much to say about it.

But one of his old teammates is taking credit for keeping more such videos off the internet, and said Sanchez is mostly “stupid” when it comes to his public image.

In an interview with Kristian Dyer of, former Jets quarterback Erik Ainge said he protected Sanchez from a similar incident in 2009, when he smashed a cell phone which someone was using to videotape a streaking Sanchez.

“There were numerous times when things would happen, when things would go down, articles of clothing would be removed,” Ainge said. “Mark is goofy. He played truth or dare. He was kind of awkward around girls, so he needed other people around him to help him out. I was good at that — there were other guys who were good with that. So we’d help him out and talk him through his awkwardness.”

Ainge, now a radio talk show host in Tennessee, described Sanchez as naive.

“He’s been a target in college and now he’s a target in the NFL,” Ainge said. “Now it’s become a thing to try and catch Mark doing something stupid. He’s never breaking the law. Look at Aaron Hernandez, Mark Sanchez is child’s play in the NFL, as far as off-the-field stuff. I’d know as good as anybody — what Mark does off the field is child’s play. He’s dumb about it. He’s stupid while being stupid. You have to be smart while being stupid, and he’s dumb while being dumb. Look at the butt video. He needs someone he trusts there when Mark wants to go streaking through his own condo.”

Frankly, Ainge doesn’t sound like the kind of wingman you’d want — primarily because he’s talking way too much, and generally overstating his own role in this thing. He’s also dealt with his own issues in his short NFL career.

And in the grand scheme of things, Sanchez isn’t really doing anything to harm anyone. There’s some wine, there’s some women, there’s a few bars of “Pants on the Ground.”

Until someone comes up with something that’s illegal or dangerous, it’s hard to muster up the appropriate indignation for this one.

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44 Responses to “Former teammate: Sanchez “dumb while being dumb””
  1. vikingsareandalwayswillbebetterthanyourteam says: Jun 28, 2013 12:27 PM

    Well, one of the girls appear to be taking a “toke” from what I’m told is a device used to dispense marijuana. So, there’s that.

  2. lks311 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:27 PM

    Probably not a good thing for your QB to be.

  3. chefgoldblum says: Jun 28, 2013 12:30 PM

    Someone should have counseled/protected Ainge about his haircut.

  4. relggigeht says: Jun 28, 2013 12:33 PM

    Dolphins got to be feeling good about this off-season ish:)

  5. doe22us says: Jun 28, 2013 12:33 PM

    “We’re going streaking, everybody”

  6. jcmeyer10 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:35 PM

    I missed a chance to meet Sanchez when he was visiting Scotty McKnight in Boulder.

    Didn’t know he would be there when I said no. I wish I had watched “Yes Man” starring Jim Carry that day.

    Seems like an interesting character.

  7. kd75 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:38 PM

    He got naked with two girls in his own condo? I don’t see the problem. I am kinda jealous.

    He should know not to record it. But he wasn’t doing anything illegal. He’s allowed to have fun.

    Dancing like an idiot with a couple cute chicks isn’t hurting anybody. But it sure is funny.

  8. sfm073 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:40 PM

    So mark likes to party naked, is there anything wrong with that?

  9. explosionsauce says: Jun 28, 2013 12:40 PM

    vikingsareandalwayswillbebetterthanyourteam says:
    Jun 28, 2013 12:27 PM
    Well, one of the girls appear to be taking a “toke” from what I’m told is a device used to dispense marijuana. So, there’s that.

    Oh the humanity! What are you 12?

    “Frankly, Ainge doesn’t sound like the kind of wingman you’d want — primarily because he’s talking way too much, and generally overstating his own role in this thing.”


  10. stevent92 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:43 PM

    Does Ainge have steps shaved into his head? That’s the beginning of a great mullet.

  11. osiris33 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:45 PM

    It’s called an electronic cigarette. There’s nothing illegal about it. It’s a device to help people quit the habit.

  12. mikeypanic says: Jun 28, 2013 12:46 PM

    I’m surprised ainge can remember anything from that time

  13. thenew013 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:47 PM

    Dude is full of himself. Hes such a charismatic ladies man and so mature in off-the-field activities and is such a trustworthy, dependable teammate…oh yeah and hes smart while being stupid. (wtf?) Get over yourself.

  14. liondoc says: Jun 28, 2013 12:48 PM

    It is a matter of record that he was arrested in 2006 for sexual assault, although the charges eventually went away. (He was disciplined by USC in the same incident forunderage drinking and using false ID).
    He put himself in an awkward spot in 2011 with news of a 17 year old girlfriendwhen he was 24.
    Bare-butt video, streaking video being destroyed, etc. raises the question “is there a pattern of sexual immaturity that may come back to haunt him?” He seems a little creepy to me – I wouldn’t want him around my daughter.

  15. ryann252013 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:48 PM

    Not to be a jerk but, who is this guy? And it had to be pretty awkward when he flipped out and smashed that girls phone hahaha.

  16. pisano says: Jun 28, 2013 12:51 PM

    Dumb? maybe off the field, inept and stupid on the field, that pretty much covers it for Sanchez.

  17. bigbwoy000 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:52 PM

    Ainge is a publicity seeking moron here. Did he ever take a regular season snap?

  18. keylimelight says: Jun 28, 2013 12:54 PM

    Stop and think about the great players there are in the sport of football, at any position and on any team. Then try to imagine them dancing with their butt in front of a camera–no less a home movie that gets upoloaded for all to see.

    This kind of shenanigans (harmless when compared to Hernandez’s off-field activities) suggests that his personality may not be well-suited to be a leader. That Sanchez is in the QB position, speaks volumes to the troubles the Jets have in their locker room and on the field.

    He’s Jethro and Uncle Jed needs to “have a loooong talk with that boy”.

  19. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jun 28, 2013 12:55 PM

    Trying to catch Mark doing something stupid is not that hard. Catching him doing something smart is much more of a challenge.

  20. chb74 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:59 PM

    I’m no Sanchez fan, but isn’t the guy condescendingly spouting off nonsense about “being smart while being stupid” the heroin and coke addict who got hastily ushered out of the NFL and was left to practice being “smart while stupid” in rehab?

  21. mc1439 says: Jun 28, 2013 1:00 PM

    This guy is just cherry picking instances to enhance himself over Sanchez in any way he can. Not that it’s that hard but get over it.

  22. gloryfromheaven says: Jun 28, 2013 1:02 PM

    I find it funny that people are defending Sanchez now haha…

  23. Steeley McBeam says: Jun 28, 2013 1:15 PM

    If you think that was tabacco being despensed in that smoking device you are the neive one and Sanchez can also be seen blowing smoke in one of the quick cuts.

  24. 1oldpro says: Jun 28, 2013 1:19 PM

    The New York Football Jets. Way Too Much Info!

  25. stealthscorpio says: Jun 28, 2013 1:19 PM

    Sanchez is a joke… butt it is still way better than being Erik Ainge!!!

  26. winkeroni says: Jun 28, 2013 1:37 PM

    The only pass I remember Eric Ainge throwing is the one he made to Johnny Knoxville in Jackass 3. I don’t remember Knoxville catching it but I do remember Jared Allen hitting him as soon as the ball got there.

  27. duneroad says: Jun 28, 2013 1:43 PM

    Maybe Ainge was with Hernandez and smashed his cell phone too

  28. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 28, 2013 1:54 PM

    That’s like the guy with the combover and the razor streaks along the temple calling the guy with the afro and headband stupid.

  29. granadafan says: Jun 28, 2013 1:59 PM

    Taking advantage of being young, rich, and famous to get the ladies. Oh the horrors.

  30. noring4youstill says: Jun 28, 2013 2:11 PM

    Well vikingsarebetterthanyourteamandalwayswillbe, I’m told you have an empty trophy case. So there’s that.

  31. ktex says: Jun 28, 2013 2:17 PM

    Careful…there were those rape allegations at USC???

  32. notoriousjebus says: Jun 28, 2013 2:21 PM

    Sanchez’s behavior is deplorable. I highly doubt any man who reads PFT would ever expose his bare bottom while partying with three smoking hot 20 somethings in his own house.

    When stories like this come out, it makes me yearn for the upstanding glory days of the NFL. You know back when Lawrence Taylor was a dominating while sniffing and smoking enough coke to kill a heard of elephants. Or when the world champion Dallas Cowboys rented a White House and filled it with drugs, booze and hookers. Things uses to be so much better and players used to be so much more mature.

  33. green41563 says: Jun 28, 2013 2:40 PM

    Yeah, Ainge is a jerk for throwing Mark under the bus, but it just goes to prove what I’ve always known: getting girls is mainly about game. I mean, Sanchez is a super-rich, good-looking pro quarterback, and he’s . . . playing truth or dare with girls.

    Dorks will always fail with girls.

  34. b3nz0z says: Jun 28, 2013 2:41 PM

    These kinds of things make me like a player more. The typical “I agree with coach and i only ever think about improving my game” avoids criticism but its boring and fake. Gronk and this guy would be drafted for my all party team. Shady McCoy can join, but his drinks have to have a sports lid.

  35. joeylongarm says: Jun 28, 2013 3:24 PM

    Great post. Glad you call out Ainge for being a bit of a DB, that’s funny.

  36. wikipediasaidso says: Jun 28, 2013 3:24 PM

    I don’t really care about Sanchez’s party habits. But he knows (or should!) by now how it is living in the fishbowl as the QB of a NY team especially, and how the media vultures can swoop in over the smallest scraps. It’s an unnecessary, self-inflicted wound. And yeah, kinda stupid.

    Even if a lot of people don’t care, I bet his agent and the team’s PR department did the old forehead-slap when this video came out.

  37. buckybadger says: Jun 28, 2013 3:28 PM

    I saw a guy who was having fun in his own house with a couple of hotties. If he was a pro-bowler it would be considered that he was doing the right thing. Well he still was. This doesn’t effect his play on the field, he will never be a great QB so enjoy what you can when you can.

  38. joeylongarm says: Jun 28, 2013 3:37 PM

    Note to Eric Ainge:

    Richard Sherman thinks Sanchez is better at life than you, so buzz off.

  39. petedutcherjr says: Jun 28, 2013 3:38 PM

    Sanchez should beg his way out of NY.

    It sure seems like all they do is ruin players where the Jets are concerned. Getting out would give him a chance to salvage something of his career.

    I suspect he can be better than he is currently if he goes to a better team.

  40. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 28, 2013 5:14 PM

    I know if I needed someone suave, sexy, and sophisticated to help me score with the ladies, Eric would be the first guy I’d call.

  41. dd393 says: Jun 28, 2013 7:45 PM

    The perfect quarterback for that train wreck of a franchise.

  42. lrjets says: Jun 29, 2013 6:05 AM

    An NFL player was arrested this week as the possible murderer of someone who might have known “too much” of another two murders involving this now former NFLer arrested.

    But in keeping things in perspective, writing about Mark Sanchez and his albeit dumb, but harmless partying, seems to reign.

    It’s like Pennysavers trying to compete with a major newspaper.

  43. lrjets says: Jun 29, 2013 6:26 AM

    petedutcherjr says:Jun 28, 2013 3:38 PM

    Sanchez should beg his way out of NY.

    Good point! Teams are lining up to give him his guaranteed $8.25 mil for this season.
    Why didn’t he think of that?

  44. northstarnic says: Jun 29, 2013 6:02 PM

    From the photo, apparently this guy is good at being dumb while his hair is being dumb. Are those racing stripes? You know what they say, birds of a feather….

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