The New York Jets suffered their second consecutive loss on Sunday thanks to an eventful 15-10 defeat at the hands of the New England Patriots. New York did all it could to mount a comeback in this one, but in the end, their effort fell short at the hands of Mac Jones and Co.
New York Jets CB Sauce Gardner Calls Out Mac Jones
As you may have expected, though, this contest had no shortage of action. So much so, that there have now been some dirty-play accusations coming from Jets star Sauce Gardner. After the game, the All-Pro cornerback called out Patriots QB Mac Jones for supposedly delivering a low blow:
“That’s probably the first time that’s ever happened to me,” Gardner said, via Chris Mason of Mass Live. “He got tackled. He reached out to me to get me to help him up. I just moved his hand out of the way. He got up and then came up to me like ‘Good job.’ While he was saying that, he hit me in my private parts. I didn’t react like I really wanted to. I definitely wasn’t expecting that. First time for everything I guess.”
Gardner was seen shoving Jones to the ground during a heated moment late in the game. At that point, it was unclear as to why the Jets CB jumped on Jones during the scuffle. Well, his allegations now make it clear as to why Gardner got all riled up.
DISGUSTING BEHAVIOR from these NYJ defender pic.twitter.com/fuQYBM1t7i
— MLFootball (@_MLFootball) September 24, 2023
The former Rookie of the Year also said that he had to “ice up” after the game to provide some tender loving care to his nether regions.
“He’s trying to prevent me from having kids in the future,” Gardner said.
Mac Jones Reacts to Sauce Gardner’s Accusation
For his part, Mac Jones was asked to share his reaction to Gardner’s accusation after the game. The Pats quarterback denied any wrongdoing. However, he also decided to somewhat deflect the question as opposed to addressing the supposed low blow directly:
“Um, no,” Jones said. “I think just trying to get the first down. Third-and-1 and then we came back on fourth-and-1 and then tried to fake it. So definitely a physical play. A lot of guys are in there. It’s kind of the famous quarterback sneak that everybody does. All the guys on both teams are in there. So it can get pretty physical and that’s something I have to learn from, is getting my pads a little lower so I can get it and not get held up.”
That’s not exactly a very convincing counterargument by the Pats QB.