But can’t we also all agree that this issue should’ve died with a fine?
Apparently, Jones still hasn’t apologized to Burns for putting his lower half in jeopardy, and that certainly seems like a miscalculation at this point.
Because, as we learned on Wednesday, Burns hasn’t forgiven and forgotten either, and even encouraged the league’s other defensive ends to take aim at Jones in the weeks ahead.
At Burns’ media availability ahead of Panthers-Cardinals, he addressed the Jones saga.
He’s still awaiting that apology and hopes to deliver a bit of vengeance in a hypothetical rematch, whenever that may be (judging by last week, certainly not this year’s Super Bowl!).
Until then, he called on his fellow pass rushers to pick up his slack — and pick up Jones.
Panthers DE Brian Burns wants Patriots QB Mac Jones smashed.
Little, uh…little harsh! Didn’t enjoy hearing that!
The threat, as well as Jones’ lack of manners, will get the most publicity — and rightly so. Both men are somewhat in the wrong, at least: Jones for the initial act, and Burns for fanning the flames.
The non-headline-grabbing portion of Burns’ press conference got the facts a little straighter, though. The pass rushing star admitted his ankle had already been bugging him heading into the matchup, and he also told the gathered media that he later left the game because of a different play entirely, which was much more accidental.
Also, his lip-licking over a rematch rings hollow. Burns didn’t exactly go on a war path following the in-game incident, and he had plenty of chances to.
Can’t we all just get along?
Well…no, pass rushers and QBs can’t find common ground unless they’re both on the ground. But we digress.
The less of this off-field mess the better as the Panthers and Patriots continue to go in opposite direction. Next thing you know, Mac Jones’ Serbian brothers are going to start tweeting at Burns from their joint account.