Sheldon Richardson is in trouble again.
In a video posted to teammate Rontez Miles’ Snapchat account before Saturday night’s 34-13 loss to the Dolphins, Richardson can be seen going on a short profanity-filled rant. Richardson either says “f–k this game” or “don’t f–k this guy,” in reference to Miles — it’s not clear which one. Richardson also uses an offensive term for females in the video.
Todd Bowles said Sunday morning on a conference call that he and the team are aware of the video. At the time of the call, Bowles had not yet seen the video himself.
“Me and Sheldon will have a conversation very soon,” Bowles said. “I don’t condone any of that. … We don’t condone any of that, and we’re going to have a discussion to take care of it.”
Bowles insinuated Richardson will be facing some sort of discipline. Richardson was benched for the first quarter of the Jets’ Week 9 loss at the Dolphins for being late to a team meeting.
“We’ll take care of it here,” Bowles said. “That’s not something we condone or something we encourage. That’s unacceptable.”
Richardson finished with just two tackles in Saturday night’s defeat — another disappointing performance in a disappointing season for the 26-year-old defensive end. He has just 1.5 sacks on the season. And against the Colts two weeks ago, Richardson barely played in the second half.
Bowles, however, remains convinced Richardson is giving enough effort.
“Sheldon plays hard,” Bowles said. “The inappropriate comments should have never been said. It’s inexcusable. But he plays hard.”
Was it particularly upsetting that Richardson made those comments before the game?
“It’s disturbing that it was said at all,” Bowles said.
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Bowles did not have any further update on Bryce Petty on Sunday morning. Petty injured his chest when Dolphins defensive linemen Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh delivered simultaneous crushing hits in the fourth quarter Saturday night.
Bowles said the Jets were still waiting for additional test results. X-rays came back negative Saturday night, meaning no broken bones. But Petty could be dealing with damage to his lungs.
Bowles left the door open when he was asked who would start Saturday in New England if Petty can’t play.
“We’re going to meet and discuss everything later,” Bowles said Sunday morning. “We haven’t even gotten through all film yet.”
When pressed on why rookie Christian Hackenberg would even be a consideration at this point, Bowles backtracked.
“I never said it was,” Bowles responded. “I said we were going to meet this afternoon and discuss everything.”
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