If there are two things that characterize almost all New York Jets fans, it’s that they have no love for former first-round busts and they have a long memory when it comes to ex-players, especially those who failed with the franchise.
So if you happen to fit both of those descriptions, it’s probably best to keep your distance on social media. 2016 first-rounder Darron Lee must have missed that memo after he took an unexpected shot at the Jets organization on Twitter.
He wrote: “Have the Jets won more than the 14 games I did when I played there since I have left? No disrespect, just asking for a friend.” That lit match from Lee struck a powderkeg within the fanbase.
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There were hundreds of responses from passionate Jets fans but I’ll feature some of the best ones. Harrison Glaser of Take Flight Media replied: “You were a 20th overall pick & are only 27 years old. What team do you currently play for? How many teams have you played for since leaving #Jets? How many games have you started & what are your stats since leaving? No disrespect, just asking for a friend.”
BryanOreally tweeted: “If we didn’t waste first round picks on busts like yourself we would have won more.”
Another fan going by the name CHAMP X1 wrote: “Have you even played in 14 games since you left? Asking for a friend.” To be fair, Lee has appeared in 18 games since leaving New York, but he’s only started in two.
A supporter named joey came up with the assist later in the thread, however. He said: “jets wins since you left: 11, games in which you’ve played at least 1 defensive snap since leaving: 9.”
And one more from Matt O’Leary stated: “Has Darron Lee played more than 160 snaps in 3 years since leaving the #Jets? No disrespect, just asking for a friend.”
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Drafted at 22, Is Lee’s Career Over at Age 27?
It’s unclear what set Lee off in the first place, although it might have been the responses on this quote tweet of beat reporter Connor Hughes.
Or maybe this conversation with the Jets fanbase had been stewing since his departure. Either way, the original tweet from Lee blew up and perhaps that was his intention. The linebacker has only played in two NFL games since 2019, totaling one tackle with the Buffalo Bills.
Football is a harsh business that often leaves athletes in the dust at a moment’s notice and with every passing day, the first-round bust out of Ohio State loses relevance. He did technically win a Super Bowl ring after Gang Green traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs but Lee did so as a benchwarmer that never played a postseason snap.
As Lee noted in a recent response at a fan, “the truth is cheap….Damn near free.” Agreed, but hard truths hit both ways.
The fact of the matter is if he doesn’t get back on the field soon, 14 Jet wins and a free ride on a championship roster may end being the linebacker’s only NFL claim to fame. Clock’s ticking.