I log off Twitter for 5 minutes of peace and quiet, and this is what happens…
There was a brawl today at Jets training camp that involved approximately 20 players, including RB D’Anton Lynn (son of running back’s coach Anthony Lynn) and RB Joe McKnight, and the fight has already made the national news.
As I understand it, the fight erupted when Lynn (the player) shoved McKnight out of bounds. McKnight, in frustration, then chucked the ball at Lynn. A pile-up ensued.
The fight was broken up by none other than Rex Ryan. Obvi.
Fact is, there are fights in training camps every day league-wide. Just last week there was a brawl at Patriots camp involving more than 20 players — but that wasn’t national news. (But our Patriots writer had it covered). The coverage - and subsequent reaction – to this “fight” is a prime example of the on-going overexposure and overreaction to all things New York Jets.
Why are training camp fights so common? Because players are fighting for their jobs and there is a lot on the line. This is NOT an excuse, but it is worth noting.
The viral video of the fight has already exceeded 20,000 views. You can watch part of the fight here, if you are into that sort of thing.
FWIW, McKnight says things are cool between him and Lynn, explaining, “I love him, just like I love his dad.” McKnight did walk away with a bit of a stinger from the fight, but he is fine, per Rich Cimini.
UPDATE: Head Coach Rex Ryan, in a statement issued by the team, had this to say about the “brawl.”:
Alright first off, as far as it being a melee I don’t see that..[..]… it wasn’t a melee. Guys weren’t throwing helmets. Some times when you’re competing and all that stuff, things like that happen. I think we’ve had enough fights for camp so I don’t expect too many more after this one.
…you just have to take care of one another and that’s the biggest thing. Fights happen occasionally, but I think we’ve had enough of them like I said. I really don’t think I’m going to have to speak directly about it but if I do that’s fine.