Reporter rips ‘classless’ and ‘obnoxious’ Jets fans

There’s no question that Jets faithful are one of the most passionate fan bases in the NFL. But as Mark Sanchez has witnessed, some (OK, a lot) of that passion is not always directed in a positive manner.

Sanchez, he of the ButtFumble lore, has been a punching bag for Jets fans in recent months, and things came to a head during Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage, when thousands mercilessly booed him for throwing an interception.

At the time, cornerback Antonio Cromartie called the gesture “bull crap.” Now, the media is piling on, yet surprisingly in the incumbent quarterback’s favor.

In a scathing column for the New York Daily News, Manish Mehta blasted the boo-birds, labeling a segment of Jets fans as “classless,” “self-loathing,” and “obnoxious,” among other adjectives.

Sanchez doesn’t disagree.

“Hey, you’re preaching to the choir,” Sanchez said. “You heard what Cromartie said. Cromartie was pissed. Cromartie’s like, ‘What are you talking about? You’re going to come here and boo? For what? Then don’t come.’ A lot of guys feel like that.”

Neither does his coach.

“We want our fans behind us at all times,” Rex Ryan said. “Obviously guys make mistakes. . .We don’t want our guys getting booed, especially from our fans because we all are in green and white, including our fans. This game’s tough enough . . . but we need to support each other.”

Sanchez salvaged an otherwise forgettable scrimmage by connecting on a perfectly thrown 57-yard touchdown, which, at least temporarily, brought the crowd back on his side.

Still, he’s evidently tired of the fans’ bipolar tendencies.

“I throw the interception and people wanted to kick me out of the stadium,” Sanchez said. “I come back and throw the last pass, that’s all you hear when you’re signing autographs: ‘Hell of a pass, man! What a great throw! Great job!’ ”

“It’s not like they’re like, ‘Boo! You threw an interception and you’re a real jerk,’ ” Sanchez added. “It’s not like, ‘Boo! You’re a real a–hole. You’re a bad person. Boo! You speed down the highway, run red lights and punch old ladies.’ No . . . they’re booing because I made a bad play.”

Kudos to Sanchez for being so candid, but he really should be used to this treatment by now. The New York market might be the toughest place to play for a high-profile athlete. There’s a true “what have you done for me lately?” mentality that reverberates throughout the city, and lately Sanchez hasn’t done much.

Those back-to-back trips to the AFC Championship are a distant memory to most Jets fans, who’d sooner recall Sanchez’s league-high 52 turnovers in the last two seasons. The same ones who were booing on Saturday were likely the same ones who cheered when Sanchez was hurt last year. It doesn’t make it right, but that’s just the way it is.

And if he thinks it’s bad now, wait until he throws his first interception of the regular season. Assuming he’s beaten out for the starting job by rookie Geno Smith — something one Jet is hoping for — it truly may be a blessing in disguise for the “Sanchize.”

(Photo credit: Robert Sabo/New York Daily News)

Zack Kelberman
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  • Gustavo Flores

    It is absolutely ridiculous to even think that the fans were cruel on unjustified when they booed Mark Sanchez. I think we have seen enough the past two years from Mark that it scares us to watch him be the starter for our team. The fans deserve to let Mark know that it is absolutely unacceptable to turn the ball over and if he does he is going to be booed out of the stadium. Go Jets!!!!

  • Michael Dinowitz

    I find it ironic that any Jet would talk about loyalty and support from fans. Loyalty and support like the fans saw from the Jet’s locker room? Loyalty and support for the fans like the Santonio Holmes showed. Loyalty and support like a Jet with an expired contract signs with another team because the other team offered more money than the Jets? Sanchez was booed because he has displayed no remorse over his poor play. Sanchez was booed because he seemingly makes no effort to improve. Sanchez was booed because after a turnover he’ll go to the end of the bench and joke with a teammate. Don’t talk about loyalty until you’re ready to show it!

  • tom343

    Nonsense! Fans support the team by their presence, dollars and partisanship but they are there to enjoy themselves, not be boriing spear-carriers for the Jets. Who is anyone to tell them whether to display pleasure, anger, amusment or anything else south of criminal behavior? Welcome to the bigs, folks.

  • Jeff215

    How about supporting your fans and lowering the price of your tickets!!!

  • JT

    Remember last season when a Male jet fan suckered punched a female Bills fan knocking her out?And all the Jets fans just sat there cheering him and all the other animals instead of helping the young lady out. Jets fans arent football fans they are animals that use the NFL to act out against other people on Sundays.It will be a pleasure watching the team finish 2-14 this season just too see the look on all those disgusting inhuman Jet fans