Big bad Santonio Holmes is at it again. The poster boy for the New York Jets locker room dysfunction grabbed himself a front page of The Daily News by giving the following quotes to Manish Mehta in the middle of one of his off-season workouts in Florida –
“The media don’t make me and the media don’t break me…I am Santonio Holmes and that’s it”
“You haven’t seen Santonio Holmes stories in the news since the season was over”
“My offseason is just beginning”
“I don’t care”
Yes, that’s it. That is everything Santonio Holmes said, everything else that is being trumped as headline material was said by an unnamed player who trains with Holmes or his strength coach Tom Shaw. All those words about “chanting for Tebow” or wanting “the damn ball” didn’t come from Holmes mouth, they came from yet another anonymous source or a strength coach.
Unfortunately, most people have been too lazy to make this distinction and are ripping Holmes for his continued selfishness. In reality, all he has done this off-season is stay out of the limelight and spend two weeks in Africa helping impoverished kids with Pros For Africa. Of course that received no media coverage…that received no headlines. Doing charity work doesn’t sell newspapers unless you are Tim Tebow.
There is nothing wrong with Holmes saying the media doesn’t break him, because it shouldn’t. Just like he said, he shouldn’t give a damn what is being written about him. All he is currently doing is minding his own business, staying out of trouble and working out in Florida to get ready for next season.
The guy made a mistake in the Miami game last year. He was frustrated from being given a number one receiver role and not receiving the looks he desired down the stretch. His behavior was unacceptable but one bad week shouldn’t define his NFL or Jets career, just like we say three bad games last year shouldn’t define Mark Sanchez’s career. Holmes is a Super Bowl MVP and without his clutch play in 2010, the Jets get nowhere near the AFC Championship Game.
The media and fanbase love to pick villains and they have one in Holmes. Don’t blindly hop the bandwagon without taking the time to comprehend what the media is trying to do with a story like this.