Geno Smith is going through a pretty bad time of things right now. Not only is the New York Jets quarterback struggling on the field, the fans are getting on his back off it.
And this week Smith committed the cardinal sin of professional athletes, he sunk to the fans level.
The Jets under-performed on Sunday in a 24-17 loss at the hands of the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. During the game, Smith was routinely booed and jeered by his own fans, who made loud and repeated calls for the quarterback to be dropped and bellowed for Michael Vick to come in as his replacement.
At the end of the loss, Smith snapped. While walking off the field, the clearly unhappy 23-year old chose to respond to a Jets fan with a big old "f*ck you." Thankfully, for all involved, the moment was caught on tape by a nearby camera from WLNY-TV, a CBS affiliate in New York.
The quarterback quickly regretted what he said, apologising in his post-game press conference to any children who saw him drop the f bomb.
"I kind of let my temper get the best of me in that situation, and it's a part of my learning process," Smith said.
Fans are fed up; Smith is fed up. This'll be forgotten in a couple of days. Smith's performance won't.
Sheldon Richardson told the fans to shut up, and then challenged those fans to make a baby then get it to the NFL - obviously by which time Smith will be retired. “If that’s the case, produce a child to come make it to the NFL and we’ll see what he got. Other than that, just shut up. We got coaches to do that.”
“That stuff, to me, is B.S.,” Eric Decker said of the chants.
Rex Ryan said he was sticking with Smith despite the second-year pro’s continued struggles. He lost a fumble and threw a pick, giving him seven turnovers in four games. “I’m not going to replace him, I feel good about Geno,” Ryan said.