The New York Jets were a circus in 2012; a downright fiasco. From the issues with backup quarterback Tim Tebow to the recent hilarity of Rex Ryan's revealing tattoo, Gang Green has returned to the laughing stock it once was. However, accepting responsibility is rarely a part of their makeup, and linebacker Bart Scott claims their public image is based solely on slanted media coverage in New York, where the New York Giants are put on a pedestal, while the Jets are intentionally made to look bad.
"I didn’t like the personal attacks. A quick example now is the media following Rex down to the Bahamas. I mean, who does that?" Scott said on Inside the NFL. "I can’t imagine them going out and catching [Giants head coach] Tom Coughlin laid out…and following him. We are in the same town but we are covered differently [than the Giants]."
The reality is the media wouldn't stakeout Tom Coughlin because he and his family do not deliberately put a bullseye on their back. He doesn't make outlandish comments or guarantees, is heavily involved in charity and is one of the most well-respected men around the league. He and his team do not boycott the media, as Bart Scott often insists his teammates do, and the Giants do not belittle their fans when they leave the field. Moreover, the Giants organization creates and maintains tremendous relationships with its players, and would never throw one of them under the bus as the Jets did with Tebow this season.
The media craves controversial stories. After all, controversy sells. And should the Giants ever put themselves in a situation similar to anything the Jets have done, you can bet the media would be all over it. Case in point, the Prince Amukamara cold tub incident.
The media plays no favorites.
But since when has anything come out of Scott's mouth that made sense? Since when has he ever said anything logical? Make no mistake about it, his conspiracy theories draw attention and are one of the main reasons local New York media hammer down on that locker-room. It's golden material each and every day. And they have no one else to blame but themselves.
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