Woody is right about LT embellishing locker room Dan Leberfeld
On his media tour, LaDainian Tomlinson said the Jets locker room is “as bad as I’ve ever been around.”
What does Jets owner Woody Johnson think of this assessment?
“I didn’t feel a toxicity of the locker room,” Johnson said. “I respect LaDainian at the highest level, but I don’t think the whole locker room was toxic. I think there clearly were a few players that had conflicts. You’ve got 53 individuals in that locker room and at any one time, they’re going to be arguments and altercations and so on. Would you love to have total harmony? Maybe. Maybe, it’s good to have a little bit of disharmony, also, but they have to care about each other.
“I just watch them practice. If there was (the) toxicity that you’re describing, I don’t think I would’ve seen what I saw on the practice field. We did win eight games. We played okay, but we were a little bit short on a couple of games and that’s really the difference in this season and the previous two seasons with this coach. So, I just don’t think you would get that kind of result we had, if there was toxicity, and I didn’t see it. You can see a couple of players, yes, you could see a couple of things, but not the whole locker room.”
Johnson made a lot of good points. It’s not a bad locker room. Santonio Holmes was the main issues. Beyond Holmes, there weren’t a lot of issues in there.