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Joe McKnight talks for three minutes, says nothing

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Bill Belichick would be proud of Joe McKnight.  The Jets running back has mastered at a relatively young age the ability to talk to reporters while saying nothing at all.

In a three-minute session with reporters after Sunday’s practice, McKnight repeatedly declined to answer a variety of questions, saying “I’m not getting into that right now.”

The topics focused on McKnight’s recent concussion and his recent arrest.  Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has the transcript.

It continued until someone asked McKnight about the ongoing dispute between Time Warner and CBS, which caused McKnight to go off script.

“This guy asking me about Time Warner and CBS right now?” McKnight said to a team P.R. representative.  “You serious?”

McKnight apparently was serious about saying nothing at all of any real meaning or consequence.  If that’s how a guy is going to handle a press conference, why even bother to give one?

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19 Responses to “Joe McKnight talks for three minutes, says nothing”
  1. tommccrossin says: Aug 11, 2013 6:40 PM

    Well, the invasion of athlete’s personal lives by us is a little out of control. I’m okay with this

  2. mackcarrington says: Aug 11, 2013 6:44 PM

    This Jets reporter, Mehta, is really a joke of a reporter isn’t he?

  3. sdsupersean says: Aug 11, 2013 6:46 PM

    My new favorite player. These press conferences are only for the press. The rest of us don’t care.

  4. swaggyy says: Aug 11, 2013 6:46 PM

    Okay

  5. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 11, 2013 6:51 PM

    Not to defend Joe but I kind of get it. An arrest is a legal issue and it may be in his best interest to leave the talking to his attorney.

    A concussion in the NFL is a big deal these days and what he says about it could impact his carrer/livelihood. Teams may start to avoid him.

    I feel your frustration Mr. sports writer, but you guys created this situation.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 11, 2013 7:01 PM

    Wow I just read the transcript and I can see why Joe didn’t want to talk. The question were relentlessly lame. They asked him about his health or a related question literally 10x in a row and then followed up with “well what can you talk about”? What a lousy job of journalism, no surprise the interview was boring and unproductive. Joe did a good job to give them nothing since they earned nothing.

  7. hay1111 says: Aug 11, 2013 7:09 PM

    I have no problem with his responses. The media has no problem turning the screw on anything he says that isnt the standard BS response. Why even ask him about a cable dispute that has nothing to do with him?

  8. bennyb82 says: Aug 11, 2013 7:16 PM

    You asked why he should even hold an interview…aren’t players required to have some sort of contact with the media? This article just reinforces that the media will find a way to make an article about anything, so it is really a no-win situation for the player. Say something controversial and get blasted or say nothing and get blasted. I would rather say nothing.

  9. pisano says: Aug 11, 2013 7:17 PM

    This guy isn’t much of a back, he’s better suited for kick off returns. If the Jets were counting on him for anything but a #2 or #3 back I think they would have been in for a rude awakening.

  10. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Aug 11, 2013 7:32 PM

    Because they are required to make themselves available to the media…

  11. lgw91s says: Aug 11, 2013 7:38 PM

    Why give a press conference? The same reason Belichick does. It is a contractual obligation with the league.
    Thought he handled it well. Feed the press nothing, and move on. Fairly safe to say the questions were designed to create another tabloid headline.

  12. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 11, 2013 7:44 PM

    What a bust. Seattle fleeced the Jets when they got Leon Washington in exchange for the draft pick that led to this clown.

  13. shadowcell says: Aug 11, 2013 7:59 PM

    “If that’s how a guy is going to handle a press conference, why even bother to give one?”

    Well, the pissy looks on the reporters’ faces when they get nothing is always worth it…

  14. sourdoughsam says: Aug 11, 2013 7:59 PM

    You know you’re a bad reporter when Joe McKnight comes out of the interview sounding smarter than you.

  15. abninf says: Aug 11, 2013 8:51 PM

    “If that’s how a guy is going to handle a press conference, why even bother to give one?”
    ===================================

    So he can get enjoyment in pissing off the media like I would.

  16. canadianvikingfaniii says: Aug 11, 2013 8:57 PM

    If that’s how a guy is going to handle a press conference, why even bother to give one?
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    Because the NFL forces the athletes to speak to the media. And most the of the media, likes to dig deep into their personal lives, aggravate and never can accept “no” or “next question”. I am all for what Joe McKnight did.

    I can honestly say I would do the same in his position.

  17. peanutele24 says: Aug 11, 2013 9:02 PM

    I still love Aaron Rogers remarks to the media ” your gonna have to get a real job one day” lol

  18. monropoobah says: Aug 12, 2013 3:52 AM

    hay1111 says:
    Aug 11, 2013 7:09 PM
    I have no problem with his responses. The media has no problem turning the screw on anything he says that isnt the standard BS response. Why even ask him about a cable dispute that has nothing to do with him?

    ———————
    agreed except that i thought asking him about the cable dispute was hilarious

  19. sbmcintosh36 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:26 AM

    Exactly how were the Jets fleeced on the Washington trade? ?
    Leon was coming off a serious injury and wanted more than 5mil a year so the Jets trade a RETURNER they were going to cut get his replacement with the pick he leads the league in return TD’s and costs them 4.5 million less. .. yeah they got absolutely fleeced.
    Please get some facts before you make a statement about something you know nothing about. . do you work for the worldwide leader? ?

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