Holmes speaks for the first time since altercation on airplane

Jets receiver Santonio Holmes spoke to the media for the first time since he was involved in an incident aboard a plane last month in which he feels he was unfairly treated by a flight attendant.

From the New York Post:

“I just felt like I was being scrutinized just for who I am,” Holmes said. “The stewardess was not working in the back of the airplane where I was sitting. She came to the back and addressed me to take my iPod off and turn it off. I turned it off, but as she walked away she said she still heard music.

“I took my headphones off and put them to the lady next to me’s ear and said, ‘Ma’am, do you hear any music?’ She addressed, ‘No sir.’ I put my headphones back on and went to sleep and when I got off the airplane the police were standing outside waiting for me.”

Asked, because the incident occurred in Pittsburgh, where he used to play, that was why he was treated that way, Holmes said, “I honestly think it was — flying back to Pittsburgh for the first time since being here in New Jersey. She definitely was just trying to make a name for herself, because she actually was the one that went to media and reported it. Nobody else did.”

Holmes could have been completely innocent in this situation, but because of the choices he has made in the past, it’s hard to believe his side of the story. Since May of 2006, he’s been arrested for disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana, and also had a lawsuit filed against him for an incident in which he allegedly threw a glass at a woman in an Orlando nightclub.

Maybe this flight attendant did have it out for him and Holmes was a victim. But he can’t act surprised that he was scrutinized when he has been in the headlines multiple times for the wrong reasons. Sorry, but you make the bed you lie in.


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