Santonio Holmes Escorted Off Plane for 'Disruptive' Behavior
According to the Jets, Holmes refused to comply with the flight crew's request to turn off his iPod as the plane was landing, and as a result an incident report was filed with the Allegheny Police Department. Holmes got off the plane and was met by officers who, according to the Jets, "reminded him about the rules." There is no word on whether Holmes' seatback and tray table were in their full upright and locked positions.
"This was kind of blown out of proportion, it seems like," Jets coach Rex Ryan said at the team's rookie minicamp. "He certainly should have turned off his iPod. When I speak to him, I'll tel him that. He certainly should do that."
The Jets acquired Holmes in a trade with the Steelers earlier this month, amid reports that Pittsburgh was about to cut its troubled former Super Bowl MVP. Holmes has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of 2010 for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He also currently faces a civil lawsuit in Florida from a woman who claims he threw a glass at her in a bar earlier this offseason. And his past track record includes an arrest for marijuana possession and a domestic violence incident.
He's playing in New York now, though, and this is the kind of insane attention and scrutiny that goes along with that. Ryan said he hoped this incident would serve to help with that lesson, though he made it clear he felt the whole thing was silly.
"I can tell you what Santonio's been around here -- he's been tremendous," Ryan said. "And the thing that really jumps out at me is how he's been in the classroom. He's been great to have around."
And the iPod thing shouldn't be a problem during the season, because they don't have rules like that on private charters. There, you can type away on your laptop and listen to your music all the way through taxi, takeoff and landing.