New York Jets defender Muhammad Wilkerson found himself benched during the first quarter of his team’s game after he missed a walkthrough and a birthday party—for him.
Wilkerson’s behavior has come up in the past, and according to NFL.com’s Austin Knoblauch, the Jets had made it very clear to Wilkerson during extension talks that further issues wouldn’t be tolerated.
Wilkerson says he has learned from the experience:
I spoke to coach and what we spoke about is between me and him. Like I said, I learned from this and I’m not going to be a distraction and I feel like this is a distraction to the team. There won’t be a distraction no more, especially coming from me. Like I said, I’m one of the leaders on this team and I have to definitely have to do better and show better.
One would hope the message got through to Wilkerson after the team used him as an example last week.
With any luck, this sort of approach by the coaching staff will help turn around a culture that has been quite odd over the past few years.
The Jets play the Los Angeles Rams Sunday and it sounds like Wilkerson has managed to avoid the doghouse so far.