Jets Quarterback Geno Smith Curses at Fan After Loss Then Apologizes

Jets Quarterback Geno Smith Curses at Fan After Loss Then Apologizes

Geno Smith's performance in Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions was lackluster enough, but the New York Jets quarterback's reaction to the team's third straight defeat was even worse.

Smith was caught by a WCBS-TV camera yelling an f-bomb at a heckling fan while jogging off the field after the 24-17 setback at MetLife Stadium.


The second-year quarterback went 17-of-33 for 209 yards, with a touchdown and an interception and his 15-game streak of failing to score a passer rating above 100 continued to extend. He's had eight turnovers in the four games and was booed lustily as circumstances worsened for the home team.

When Smith walked off the field Sunday, he stared down one heckler and lost his cool with a "Fuck you."

But Smith was quick to cool down and apologize for what he did. He opened postgame comments with: "First of all I want to apologize if any kids saw me saying any negative remarks walking off the field. I kind of let my temper get the best of me in that situation, and it’s a part of my learning process. 

"No matter what happened, I've got to not feed into it. I understand the fans want to come out and see victories. We do too as players. [I] can't even begin to talk about that because what I did was wrong. Two wrongs don't make a right."

Smith enjoys complete support of his teammates and coach who denied any possibility of a reinforcement.

"That stuff, to me, is B.S.,” wide receiver Eric Decker said. Head coach Rex Ryan also confirmed that Smith will start in San Diego next week.

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Smriti Sinha

Smriti is a multimedia journalist trained at the Columbia School of Journalism. Before moving to New York, she was a sports reporter at The Indian Express in New Delhi. She continues to cover issues in sports, women's and LGBT rights.

MORE FROM

What does Sean Spicer’s resignation mean for the rest of Trump’s inner circle?

Many are already wondering if Spicer's departure could portend more shakeups to come.

How the messy New York City subways are hurting vulnerable New Yorkers the most

The New York subway system is a mess — and here's who's suffering the most.

Is Sean Spicer the shortest-serving White House press secretary in history?

Spicer served just six months as press secretary — there are some cabinet members in White House history who have served mere days.

5 stories from this week that aren't about OJ Simpson or Sean Spicer

The White House will be forced to release logs from Mar-a-Lago, and Democrats finally have an agenda.

According to Anthony Scaramucci’s Twitter, he believes in climate change and voted for Barack Obama

He also supports same-sex marriage. And abortion rights.

Trump is reportedly looking into pardoning himself. Here’s why that could backfire.

Can the president really pardon himself?

What does Sean Spicer’s resignation mean for the rest of Trump’s inner circle?

Many are already wondering if Spicer's departure could portend more shakeups to come.

How the messy New York City subways are hurting vulnerable New Yorkers the most

The New York subway system is a mess — and here's who's suffering the most.

Is Sean Spicer the shortest-serving White House press secretary in history?

Spicer served just six months as press secretary — there are some cabinet members in White House history who have served mere days.

5 stories from this week that aren't about OJ Simpson or Sean Spicer

The White House will be forced to release logs from Mar-a-Lago, and Democrats finally have an agenda.

According to Anthony Scaramucci’s Twitter, he believes in climate change and voted for Barack Obama

He also supports same-sex marriage. And abortion rights.

Trump is reportedly looking into pardoning himself. Here’s why that could backfire.

Can the president really pardon himself?