Challenge to Daily News Dan Leberfeld

Daily News writer Manish Mehta had a blockbuster story recently, with unnamed Jets players, and unnamed others, ripping Mark Sanchez.

The first quote in the story, from an unnamed player, claimed Sanchez is “lazy.”

“We have to bring in another quarterback that will make him work at practice,” said one player. “He’s lazy and content because he knows he’s not going to be benched.”

The allegation that Sanchez is “lazy’ got the most buzz, and it became a national sports story.

Sanchez isn’t lazy, and we are sure Mehta knows this, as does the unnamed player. Mark’s work ethic isn’t an issue.

The use of “lazy’ here by the player, clearly wasn’t the conventional use of the word.

And the player probably should have used a different word. Actually, another word the player used, “content,” is more accurate.

Mark is “lazy” from a job security standpoint, not a work ethic standpoint, that is what the player was clearly getting at.

So all this nonsense about Mark being lazy, as in not working hard, is ridiculous.

We challenge the Daily News to set the record straight – explain the true context of the quote.

Don’t make hay on a quote taken the wrong way.