Sheldon Richardson annoyed with media over alleged “guarantee”

AP

Sheldon Richardson did not join Joe Namath as a Jet guaranteeing a victory this week, and he’s upset that his words were interpreted that way.

As PFT noted yesterday, Richardson said the Jets are going into Sunday’s game with the expectation that they’ll beat the Patriots “if we go out there and execute and do what we’re supposed to do.”

That’s a pretty big “if” — after all, the Patriots have a knack for preventing the other team from doing what it’s supposed to do. But Richardson was saying that if the Jets play the way they need to play, they’ll win. That’s how most players think heading into most games.

Richardson’s words were originally reported in Metro New York under the headline, “Sheldon Richardson Guarantees a Jets Win at Patriots.” That led Richardson to complain on Twitter that he doesn’t like giving interviews at all because his words get twisted — with an apparent shot at Commissioner Roger Goodell over the NFL’s rules requiring every player to talk to the media.

The headline has since been changed online to “Sheldon Richardson Confident in a Jets Win at Patriots,” but by the time it was changed, Richardson’s alleged “guarantee” had made its way around the Internet and talk radio. Richardson has every right to be upset that a media outlet decided to get clicks by attaching his name to the word “guarantee,” a word he didn’t use.

71 responses to “Sheldon Richardson annoyed with media over alleged “guarantee”

  1. Hahahaha that is why Belichick never says anything about anything…and gets crucified for it…
    Pats fan here and I would hope my guys all feel the same a Richardson….they just don’t say it!!

  2. This is exactly why Lynch hates talking to the media and would sometimes rather take a fine than doing so.

    Goodell has to see that this is happening with the media and cut the players some slack.

  3. Perhaps that is why smarter players say things like – we’ll give ourselves a good chance… “if we go out there and execute and do what we’re supposed to do.”

    Or – “divisional game… they’re all important… it’s on to next week….”

  4. Damn! More evidence Todd Bowles is trying to build a winner rather than grab media attention. As a Patriots fan, that’s cause for concern, and more evidence this may be a tough game.

  5. I’ve always thought it was incredibly hacky when reporters would coerce athletes into cliched “guarantees.” Now they’re running with the headline when the dude didn’t even say it. The replacement headline doesn’t even accurately represent what he said. Also, I lived in NYC for a several years and I’ve never heard of the “Metro New York.” Is that like the free subway paper?

  6. He has every right to be ticked off. What player wouldn’t say that if the team executes he feels confident the team will win?

    Seems like the NYC media really misses Rex and how much easier it was when players were actually making stupid comments.

    – Pats fan

  7. I have a lot more respect for a Jets team that prepares for the Patriots without all the Rexbytes.

    Media hasn’t seen class come out of the Jets organization for years.

    When reporters have to manufacture headlines, you know the team is doing something right.

  8. Mehta is one of the MAIN reasons the Jets are seen as a circus, the Giants beat reporters would never do something like this.

  9. Honestly, I don’t know what Richardson is so upset about. The media never isolates 2 words from an everyday quote and makes a story out of it. Shame on him.

  10. I am a Pats fan and there was nothing that he said there….isn’t that a true statement for all teams. You go out and execute and play well, you win. If not you lose. Not sure why the media is making a big deal out of it

  11. Richardson’s frustration is understandable. The fault lies with so-called football fans who crave for another helping of whatever swill the media sets out in the trough.

    It’s particularly tough in a market with so much tabloid journalism.

  12. bigsausagepizza12 is still in Mom’s basement waiting with bated breath to troll the Patriots. What a clown.

  13. I am a Patriots fan obviously and I have no issue with what he said. If you read it he said …” If we go out and execute and do what we normally do ” ….the media took it and twisted it out of context like they normally do…….

  14. Players should stop granting interviews.

    I’ve never once listened to a player interview and thought “Wow, I’m glad I listened to that. That was important and it really made me like the team/player more than I did before I listened.”

    The only thing that ever comes is negativity. If a guy doesn’t come out and provide a completely canned answer, he takes on a wave of media/fan backlash.

    What’s the point?

    Especially in hockey. “I come to play sport and put puck in net in America. Team is try hard to win for fans. I enjoy skate and puck in goal for fans.”

    Please…

  15. I don’t think he said anything that anyone should have a big problem with, but he needs to start wondering why stuff like this keeps happening to him.

    He ran his mouth when it became clear that sexy rexy was going to get canned. He ran his mouth after the jets lost to the pats last year. He ran his mouth right after the redskins game (licking his chops). And he ran his mouth off here. He is right, he didn’t guarantee the jets were going to win, but no one with half a brain thinks that is not what he meant. I think he SHOULD feel like that, it just doesn’t get you anything to say anything that lets people know that is how you feel? What is the benefit?

    He is obviously a great player that is a little bit of a moron that needs more self control. maybe the weed or whatever else he was doing helped with that?

  16. The media no matter what they are covering is looking for sound bites. A couple of years ago I was interviewed by a local station about a police chase of a criminal who was carrying tons of drugs in the car and had a kid in the backseat while the guy was speeding. The media woman wanted me to disagree with the cops going after the guy because he had a kid in the car, but I didn’t I said the police did their jobs and that it shocked the hell out of me that something like that would happen on a college campus needless to say they only used the second half of the quote, but I didn’t give the material they wanted. A lot of people in the media will twist your words and make it seem like you said things you didn’t say or mean to say. I feel for Richardson and I hate the Jets.

  17. “This is going to be another win for us”.

    That’s what he said. Sure he couched it afterward, but that’s where the guarantee thing came from.

    He’s twisting his own words. He could have made the same point 100 different ways and raised no eyebrows. It’s his fault.

    Same thing goes for Gilchrist comparing Cousins and Brady. It doesn’t really matter what he meant, he said the wrong thing.

  18. If the Jets win on Sunday (and they won’t) this fool will still be saying ” I told you so.” He wont have anything to say though. BuffaLOL players were saying the same idiotic type of stuff before they played New England. Then they got curb stomped and it was crickets in their locker room.

  19. ^none of you haters can read, typical Deflatriot fans.

    That’s right I said “DEFLATRIOTS” as in NEW ENGLAND DEFLATRIOTS!!!

    …big whoop wanna fight about it

  20. The funniest part is this article still spins it the wrong way.
    Richardson was asked if it will mean more if the Jets beat the Pats this Sunday. His response was “It will just be another W in the Win column”(as in, it won’t mean anything more than any other win). All of the follow-up comments were also just as it relates to the fact that this is just one game (against a division opponent). The reporter pulled the snippets and created a narrative that simply wasn’t there.

  21. As a Pats fan, I got what he was saying and had no problem with it. I’m actually more upset that some clown in the Patriots social media department ran with the butt fumble tweet. That’s not the Patriots way. There was no bulletin board material with what Richardson said.

  22. terripet says:
    Oct 15, 2015 5:26 PM
    Let’s see what the cheaters say after the Colts win 34 27

    terripet says:
    Oct 23, 2015 11:42 AM
    Jets 27 cheaters 20
    —————————————————

    Worst prognosticator on this board. Do you ever get anything right?

  23. …what’s he suppose to say?

    “I think we’re going to get smoked by New England. Tom will stay away from Revis and throw in the middle of the field to Gronk and run Blount 30 times up the gut…it’s go to be long day”

  24. ” I’ve never heard of the “Metro New York.” Is that like the free subway paper?”

    That is exactly what it is and they have one in Boston, too. These papers came into being because 50 cents was too much for citizens of our great nation to pay for the NYT or the Boston Globe. Then, the hand held devices kicked in and the traditional newspapers that actual had real reporters (the NYT had people all over the globe) and educated people with facts were on life support. Online publications like the Drudge Report and the Huffington Post that are mostly scandal sheets, celebrity focused and reprints of stories originated elsewhere gobbled up market share.

    Yesterday, several television networks covered 11 plus hours of a congressional hearing that produced “nothing new” according to its chairman other than to cement in people’s minds that politicians will even stoop to trying to capitalize on the deaths of Americans in foreign missions through partisan witch hunts. The NFL tries to control its message though its own network and by leaning on the many networks that carry its programming (ESPN’s integrity is now a four letter word).

    It doesn’t matter whether it is political reporting or sports reporting, unbiased factual reporting is on the way to extinction.

  25. radiofriendly420 says:
    Oct 23, 2015 12:12 PM

    Players should stop granting interviews.

    I’ve never once listened to a player interview and thought “Wow, I’m glad I listened to that. That was important and it really made me like the team/player more than I did before I listened.”

    The only thing that ever comes is negativity. If a guy doesn’t come out and provide a completely canned answer, he takes on a wave of media/fan backlash.

    What’s the point?

    Especially in hockey. “I come to play sport and put puck in net in America. Team is try hard to win for fans. I enjoy skate and puck in goal for fans.”

    ——————

    Yet here we are, commenting on articles posted by the media about player interviews. It’s clearly interesting or we wouldn’t be here.

    A huge part of the NFL network is insight from the athletes and they definitely are interesting to listen to also.

  26. Tigerlilac, the NYT is the most biased newspaper in the country. In fact, it’s the propaganda arm of the Demonrat Party.

  27. “Richardson has every right to be upset that a media outlet decided to get clicks by attaching his name to the word “guarantee,” a word he didn’t use.”

    Gotta love this site.

  28. scw1993 says:
    Oct 23, 2015 12:36 PM

    terripet says:
    Oct 15, 2015 5:26 PM
    Let’s see what the cheaters say after the Colts win 34 27

    terripet says:
    Oct 23, 2015 11:42 AM
    Jets 27 cheaters 20
    —————————————————

    Worst prognosticator on this board. Do you ever get anything right?
    ————————————-

    He got the score of the Pats/Colts game right, just had the wrong team winning.

  29. Jets are such phonies. He said what he said, then he backpedaled on the next statement.

    Not to mention, this puke should be suspended for reckless driving at 146 MPH and child endangerment.

    It is preposterous that Goodell tries to help the Jets cheat so obviously so here.

    It is inexplicable how Manziel could possibly be suspended for something 2 weeks ago, yet Goodell ignores what this bozo did months ago.

    Can anyone explain this? We all know Goodell worked for the JEts and grew up a Jets fan, but this is so ridiculous.

  30. He said what he said. Backpedaling in the second sentence doesn’t matter.

    He couldn’t wait to run his mouth and say what he said.

    Bulletin board, plain and simple.

  31. Regardless of who wins this game, we all know come April, the Jetsy’s will be drafting before the Patriots. Like they have been doing for years, but still can taste Bill’s a$$. Your time is now, Jetsy’s, the future looks bleak, too. Old OL, old wrs, and a ton of money on old dbs. I’d be bitter too. Now go get your f’n shinebox.

  32. @gints1017

    Guess it must be tough go for NYG fans now trolling Jets boards.

    Is it too much to ask you to worry about your sorry sack(less) team playing in the NFC Least division?

    Go find Kev86 and cry that the firework was planted in JPP’s hand in July. Oh and can’t wait for Jets to beat down NYG in December in front of your old boring fanbase who will be leaving MetLife by Q3.

  33. bigsausagepizza12 says:
    Oct 23, 2015 11:53 AM
    Patriots are know for cheating so…..
    __________________________
    Shouldn’t you be at school little girl. You will do better at completing a cogent thought once you get past the fourth grade.
    As for the Patriots, they know where they stand. They will do just fine on Sunday.

  34. Sheldon, just give boring interviews. Speak in clichés and pretty soon they’ll leave you alone. You have to realize that most in the media know nothing about football, yet their job is to sell football related news. But enjoy your job. believe me, nobody is writing about my job.

  35. rayslover727 says:
    Oct 23, 2015 12:27 PM
    “They’re a great team, we’ll have to execute well.”

    How hard is that?
    ________________________________________
    Not as easy as you think. Reporter would have quoted him saying, “They’re a team we’ll have to execute……”. And if by chance he sacks Brady and injures him in the play, Goodell the Narcissist would fine him 12 games for attempted murder.

  36. Then, the hand held devices kicked in and the traditional newspapers that actual had real reporters (the NYT had people all over the globe) and educated people with facts were on life support.
    ——————————————-
    tiger, the NYT??? That is a bigger misrepresentation of fact than this story. The NYT/huffpo is home for the low wattage voters. I cant believe after a story like this, you do exactly what YOU are bitchin about.

  37. jetfanfolife says:
    Oct 23, 2015 12:33 PM

    ^none of you haters can read, typical Deflatriot fans.

    That’s right I said “DEFLATRIOTS” as in NEW ENGLAND DEFLATRIOTS!!!

    …big whoop wanna fight about it
    ———————————————————-
    Ummmmm, if as you claim Patriot fans can’t read why on earth would you bother to put something out there that requires them to read? As for the offer to fight how bout sticking your empty head where it don’t shine and fight for air. What a maroon.

  38. Marcus Gilchrist said you prepare for Brady like you prepare for Kirk Cousins (Jets played the Redskins last week). He was obviously saying you prepare consistently each week, but that got turned into a headline.

    Richardson was actually asked if beating the Patriots verifies the Jets as a good team and Richardson said “No itll just be another Jets win” and said the Media can write stories like that and went on to say “If we execute then we will win.”

    When you see the full context of each quote, Gilchrist didnt compare Cousins to Brady and Richardson never guaranteed a win. NY Media misses Rex because he made their jobs easy, now they are grasping at straws.

  39. Bowles should give players a list of usable phrases and ban all others. Mix and match:

    1. If we execute
    2. If we do our jobs
    3. If we play our best
    4. It will be fun
    5. It will be tough
    6. It will be good

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