With just 10 days to go before the Jets’ season opener, the team is dealing with a situation that just keeps getting messier with cornerback Dimitri Patterson. The suspended cornerback blasted the team’s decision-makers Thursday, hours before the Jets’ 37-7 loss to the Eagles in their preseason finale. Patterson basically called general manager John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan liars in a statement to ESPN. Patterson, who missed the team’s 35-24 loss to the Giants last Friday, said the Jets are lying about him being AWOL for 48 hours last weekend. Idzik and Ryan said Sunday that they were unable to speak to Patterson for two days. The Jets brass also said Patterson’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, did not know where his client was when they reached him. The Jets suspended Patterson through next Monday, making him eligible to return for the team’s season opener. They also are believed to have fined him, but they would not announce any additional punishment. “As it relates to my whereabouts and me missing for 48 hours without being seen or heard from me or my representative is completely false,” Patterson said in the statement. “My agent reached out to the Jets organization multiple times several hours prior to Friday night’s game.” Idzik declined to comment through a team spokesman. After the loss to the Eagles, Ryan had nothing to say about Patterson.
Patterson calling Jets out for AWOL lies could be last straw
New York Post | Aug 29