Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bart Scott defends himself after Tomlinson blames him for the Tebow comments


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Former Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson says the anonymous quotes coming out of the Jets’ locker room ripping Tim Tebow sound like the types of things that linebacker Bart Scott would say. Scott says that’s garbage.
Responding to Tomlinson saying on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he thought Scott was a source for the story that ripped Tebow, Scott told the New York Post that if he wanted to criticize a teammate, he’d do it to that teammate’s face, not with an anonymous quote in a newspaper.
That can’t be farther from the truth,” Scott said. “One thing about me is I ain’t ever hid behind [junk] that I’ve ever said. I’m not afraid to put my name to it, go to a person and say it to them. . . . LaDainian is out of line in thinking I have that type of character. I don’t know what he believes I showed to him when he was here. If anything, I hope I showed him I was a leader and I never try to be a distraction.”
Tomlinson also said he thought cornerback Antonio Cromartie might have provided some of the anonymous quotes ripping Tebow. Cromartie has refused to speak to reporters about the matter. (At least, he has refused to speak to reporters on the record.)
Scott said he has no idea who made the comments about Tebow and doesn’t think they reflect the character of his teammates.
“I’ve been here four years,” Scott said. “It’s always an anonymous source. An anonymous source can be the janitor. An anonymous source can be the cable guy. An anonymous source can be the equipment guy. Anybody can be an anonymous source. If you don’t tell them to put their name to it, what credibility do you have? I think the anonymous person is probably some smoke in the air or a fart off somebody’s [butt].”
I don’t know about that last part, but it is clear that something stinks in the Jets’ locker room.

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