New York Jets defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson have owned up to their mistakes. The latter was in minimizing mode.
After the benching that led to Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson becoming benched in the 1st-quarter of the New York Jets loss to the Miami Dolphins this past Sunday, fans wondered aloud how serious the infractions were.
NJ.com reported that both Big Mo and Sheldon had made this a habit, becoming known for routinely being late to meetings or missing them altogether.
The source added it happens “all the time,” and “definitely” more often than other players on the team.
Each player had yet to acknowledge such infractions. That was, until, Wednesday.
According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, both Mo and Sheldon owned up to the mishaps.
“Those actions are unacceptable,” Wilkerson said. “I definitely feel that as a leader on this team I definitely need to do better. I respect the coaches and everybody in this building. I took action for my responsibilities. I’m moving forward. I know as a leader on this team I have to show better and do better and that’s something I want to do.”
When it came to Richardson, he looked to minimize the situation as much as possible, citing that this was a “one time” thing, which directly refutes the NJ.com source.
“I was tardy to a team meeting. That’s it,” he said. “I’m not a regular missing-meetings guy. That was that. Coach Bowles is a disciplinarian.”
He added that the story was “Blown way out of proportion. … It’s one meeting. That’s all it is.”
At this point, nobody knows what reality is. Either way, fans can’t love the idea that Richardson is out preaching the minimizing voice.