Deadspin- A Jets spokesperson says that Richardson was talking about Rontez Miles, not the game. According to the spokesperson, Richardson did not say, “Where the hoes at, doe? Fuck this game,” but, “Where the hoes at? Don’t fuck this guy,” referring to Miles, whose Snapchat account was being used.
I want to say that it is so beautifully "Jets" for one of their spokespeople to try to throw a band-aid on a severed limb, but what their team - and "star" defensive tackle imparticular - is suffering from is much more detrimental than any hemorrhaging open wound could be. You see, what was on full display in that video and shortly thereafter on the football field was complete apathy and general disinterest.
Really it doesn't matter whether or not Sheldon Richardson said "fuck this game". Due to the intonation in his voice and the widespread belief that teammates don't usually go around cockblocking each other on social media, I have reason to believe that he did verbally express displeasure in having to do the job he gets paid tens of millions of dollars to do no more than 16 times per year. However, even if - for some reason - Sheldon Richardson was hoping Rontez Miles had the coldest of winters, his decision to drop a profanity laced "public statement" that was directed at "the hoes" proves that he did not give a shit about the meaningless game on the horizon. It's a cliche as old as overly simplistic phrases themselves, but actions speak louder than words and the posting of that incredibly ill-advised SnapChat said "fuck this game" more clearly and defiantly than the words that were somehow commendably spun into "don't fuck this guy". I guess the job of an NFL spokesperson is to paint the best possible picture out of a pile of shit. Still, I can't help but think he/she was better off throwing his/her hands up and taking a page of the Sheldon Richardson's playbook by saying "fuck this guy" in response to the backlash that resulted from yet another - in a string of many - unforgivable incidents that he has been directly responsible for.