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Bart Scott declares a “media mutiny”

Tashard Choice

Buffalo Bills running back Tashard Choice (20) and New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott (57) gesture as Choice’s touchdown was nullified by a penalty during the second half of an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)


Jets linebacker Bart Scott has rarely met a microphone he didn’t like, but he declared a “media mutiny” in the wake of Sunday’s 48-28 win over the Bills.

Scott actually meant a boycott, one that he’s enforcing because of the coverage the team has received recently. Scott said he’s done talking to a group he believes will “screw us next week or the week after.” Scott wasn’t shy about sharing his feelings before putting the boycott into effect.

“You guys treat us like we’re a (bleeping) joke,’' Scott said, via Jim Corbett of USA TODAY. “You all want us to feed your papers, but then you all talk (bleep) about us. So why would I want to give you all quotes to sell papers with if you all treat us like (bleep)? That doesn’t make sense. You all talk stuff about us, and then when we win you flip the story. You all win either way.”

Scott’s taking things a bit far, but his anger is understandable. His team was pictured on the cover of the New York Post this week depicted as clowns, one of many salvos launched toward the team all summer. Now that Scott and his teammates are 1-0, they’ve got every right to feel like they were slighted before the team played a single game that counted.

It’s just one game, so no one should get carried away. One game means a lot more than zero games, though, and the Jets feel like they deserved a little bit more benefit of the doubt. They’re right, but, as Scott surely knows by this point in his career, that won’t matter much if they don’t keep playing like they played on Sunday.