Ex-Pittsburgh Steelers, Current NY Jets WR Santonio Holmes Kicked Off Plane to Las Vegas for Mayweather vs Mosley Fight!
It looks like the Pittsburgh Steelers may have made the right move after all trading away their troubled wide receiver Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets.
The wideout was escorted off an airplane Thursday night at a Pittsburgh airport for being "a disruptive passengers," according to a report by Pittsburgh TV station WPXI. KDKA, another radio station, is reporting that the incident took place at around 9 p.m.
So, what was the problem you ask? Well, it involves an Apple product and a bad attitude apparently by the Super Bowl-winning receiver.
Holmes refused to shut off his iPod when the flight crew asked all passengers to turn off electronic devices in preparation for landing, ESPN reported.
No charges have been filed as of Friday afternoon.
The Jets plan to investigate the incident, but head coach Rex Ryan has already gone on record as saying it was "blown out of proportion" by the media, according to ESPN. However, he told reporters at a mini-camp press conference that Holmes should have shut off his iPod, and apparently was not pleased to have to answer questions about the situation facing his wideout.
Holmes was reportedly head to Las Vegas for the big fight this weekend between Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley.
Holmes is slated to miss the first four games of the 2010 NFL season after failing a drug test and being suspended by the league.
My evaluation: This guy is a meathead. Plain and simple. Sure he made one of the finest game-winning touchdown catches in Super Bowl history against the Arizona Cardinals while with the Steelers, but the guy has been nothing but a headache since that night two years ago. I think the Jets may have a lot of talent, but getting rid of the good guys (see: Thomas Jones, Leon Washington, Alan Faneca) for troublesome players like Holmes and Antonio Cromartie doesn't bode well for the team in its pursuit of a league championship. Although this latest incident with Holmes could make for an interesting issue on that HBO series "Hard Knocks" featuring the Jets.
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