Santonio Holmes is back from suspension, and surprise – he’s not apologetic or sorry for his actions.
ESPNNewYork.com’s Jane McManus wrote:
“To look in your eyes and be honest with you, not 1 percent,” Holmes said. “I’ve been the same person since I stepped foot in this NFL, I’ll [continue] being the same person until I leave.”
Holmes was as unapologetic as he was the day the Jets brought him to the team, after Pittsburgh unloaded the receiver in April despite the fact that he’d been the 2008 Super Bowl MVP. In October of 2008, Holmes was cited for marijuana possession and received a one-game suspension. He could have triggered the four-game penalty with a positive or missed drug test, which happened with the Steelers. Another violation, and Holmes would face missing an entire season.
Asked if any of those things had been a wake-up call, Holmes was forthright.
“I made it to the Super Bowl and won it, didn’t I?” Holmes said. “That’s all I had to do with myself. I didn’t have anything to think about. I’m a football player, what happens off the field happens off the field, doesn’t affect anything I do or what I’m capable of doing.”
Okay, hold your horses. Before people start voicing their outrage at Holmes’s attitude, let’s understand something here. The reality is that most NFL players probably feel the same way he does (unless you’re serving a prison sentence); the difference is that those players listen when their PR managers and publicists tell the players to say the proper thing. The question is, what happened to Holmes’s PR manager?
I’m just happy that Holmes was honest. In a media age where most quotes are standard, boring, and predictable, Holmes’s honesty about how he really felt was quite refreshing.
You may not like his message or his arrogance but at least he didn’t spit out a prepackaged answer from someone else’s head. And, to be honest, he’s right – he’s getting paid to play football. If people don’t like that, then don’t watch. If the Jets don’t like that, then don’t trade for him.
Besides, Holmes could be responsible for his own undoing. If he continues to break the law and gets caught again, he could miss an entire season. Do you think he’ll feel regret then?
To read the full article from McManus, go to ESPNNewYork.com.