The New York Jets endured their most embarrassing loss of the season on Christmas Eve, falling to the New England Patriots 41-3. They were a complete mess on both sides of the ball, from injuries at quarterback to allowing the Patriots to move the ball with ease throughout the game.
The loss may not have been the worst thing about Saturday for the Jets, either.
After the game, Sheldon Richardson called out Brandon Marshall in a bizarre and mysterious feud.
“He should be embarrassed,” Richardson said, via the New York Post. “No reason. He just should be. He knows what he did.”
Richardson wouldn’t say what Marshall did wrong, declining to elaborate on the situation. However, despite that fact, it’s clear there’s some serious tension in the Jets’ locker room.
Marshall was understandably taken back by Richardson’s claims.
“I’m a little caught off guard, to be honest with you guys,” Marshall said after learning of the comments. “I don’t know where it’s coming from. I just know there’s a lot of guys in our locker room doing everything they can to lead and bring guys along. It’s not always easy, especially in this environment. He’s definitely a guy that I see myself in. When I was younger, totally different stories, but there’s so much potential, so much growth there, so hopefully he grows.”
Richardson said he and Marshall have a “business-only” relationship, and that he respects the veteran receiver personally, but not professionally. Marshall, on the other hand, wants Richardson to get the help he needs, comparing his career path to his own.
“It’s Sheldon, man. It’s Sheldon,” Marshall said. “Our stories and our journey, the starts of our career are totally different, but really similar. It hurts to see someone with so much potential and so many people trying to help him … I just wish him the best. I hope he gets everything he wants, man. He’s an amazing talent. I just want him to see the big picture.”
Fortunately for the Jets, their season comes to an end next week in what could be a battle of coaches on the hot seat. Todd Bowles and Rex Ryan are both in dire need of a win, but only one of them will get one on Sunday.