Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Hey, give Santonio Holmes points for honesty.
In his return to the Jets locker room Wednesday following his four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, you might have expected Holmes to be contrite. And when asked if he had learned anything while having to sit out a quarter of the season while giving up four paychecks, you might have thought Holmes would talk about what a changed man he had become.
Even if it was blatantly false, you might have thought Holmes would provide the copy anyway.
As ESPN New York writes, Holmes pretty much did the opposite. When asked if he had atoned for his sins (or, you know, something less biblical), he had this to say.
"To look in your eyes and be honest with you, not 1 percent," Holmes said. "I've been the same person since I stepped foot in this NFL, I'll (continue) being the same person until I leave."
Apparently, that's a person who smokes weed (he was cited in 2008 for marijuana possession, and there had to be some reason he was given that four-game suspension), gets arrested for a variety of reasons (on charges of assault, domestic violence and disorderly conduct in the past four years) and wins Super Bowls (like he did with Pittsburgh two seasons ago).
"I made it to the Super Bowl and won it, didn't I?" Holmes said. "That's all I had to do with myself. I didn't have anything to think about. I'm a football player, what happens off the field happens off the field, doesn't affect anything I do or what I'm capable of doing."
So good for him. It’s good to know that even if you probably should change, there’s nothing that says you actually have to do it.
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