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.
This is why I don't want to do interviews anymore roger hope y'all enjoy that BS—
Sheldon Richardson (@Godforshort) October 22, 2015
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.