J.J. Watt explains spitting incident
J.J. Watt learned a few very valuable lessons on Sunday.
The first is that he felt how large the microscope is when you are marquee player in a NFL playoff game.
The second is that some pre-game rituals may not be born of the greatest ideas.
The third is that the digital age can turn a single action into a chaotic moment in less than 30 minutes.
The Houston Texans defensive end has quickly taken the stage as the face of their franchise.
So when he spit on the mid-field logo of the New England Patriots before their AFC Divisional playoff game, it was taken as a sign of vulgar disrespect.
This is especially true in light of the fact the Patriots recently humiliated the Texans on Week 14.
After the game Watt discussed his spitting /feet wiping move with CSNNE
“I do that every game, home or away,” said Watt. “I go out to midfield, I jog out there, spit a little bit, wipe my feet off, and then I go out and do my stretch. No drama there, that’s 100 percent what I do every game, home or away.”
So there you have it J.J. Watt likes to spit. It’s his thing. He does it at home. We can all relax now.
It’s not like the Patriots have not been known to intentionally disrespect another team’s logo at midfield or anything.
In 2007, The Patriots defeated their then-post-season rival the San Diego Chargers in a highly contested game.
At the end of which a group of Patriots headed out onto the Chargers logo put on a show for the ages.
Their players mocked linebacker Shawne Merriman’s signature “lights out” sack move and performed other taunts.
The incident infamously enraged both Phillip Rivers and then running back LaDainian Tomlinson
“They won and they deserve a lot of credit,” Rivers said. “Tom (Brady) was great when he had to be great, and they have a lot of experience.
“But I personally was disappointed in the way they handled winning,” Rivers told USA Today in 2007. ” For as much as everybody said they expected them to win, they didn’t act like it.”
Tomlinson had to be physically restrained during the incident stating maybe it comes from the head coach (Bill Belichick).”
“I would never, ever react in that way. You guys know me; I’m a very classy person. I wouldn’t have reacted like that, so yes, I was upset, very upset.
Now that incident was drama.
The J.J. Watt thing was just well… uncouth.