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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Santonio Holmes wasn’t removed from plane

Despite a report from WPXI.com that stated that he was escorted off a Pittsburgh plane on Friday, NBC Sports states that Santonio Holmes was not pulled off for being a “disruptive passenger.”

Police in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania has issued a statement confirming that Jets receiver Santonio Holmes was not removed from a flight at Pittsburgh International Airport on Thursday night. Here’s the full text: “As previously reported, Santanio Holmes was NOT removed from any airplane (4/29/2010). He was asked to remove his Ipod (at one point), in which he complied. There’s no further information to report.”

Talk about a botched report by WPXI.com. I know Holmes hasn’t been a model citizen of late, but there’s a big difference between a guy being forced to turn off his iPod and a guy being escorted off a plane. I don’t know where they got their info, but that’s some bad reporting.

And it completely ruined my joke from yesterday’s post, which is the bigger crime if you ask me.


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Report: Holmes escorted off Pittsburgh flight for being a “disruptive passenger”

From WPXI.com:

Investigators told Channel 11 News reporter Renee Kaminski that former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes had to be escorted off a plane Thursday night at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Investigators said it the incident happened shortly after 9 p.m. They said Holmes wasn’t arrested but was escorted off the plane for what investigators call being a “disruptive passenger.”

No other information has been released at this time.

Let’s see:

– Sued by a woman following an incident in a nightclub. Check.

– Suspended four games for violating the league’s drug policy. Check.

– Traded for a fifth round pick despite being a former Super Bowl MVP. Check.

– Escorted off a plane for being a “disruptive passenger.” Check.

As soon as Holmes bunches some babies and pushes some old people down, his offseason will be just about complete.

Update: It sounds as though the situation was blown out of proportion.

From ESPN.com:

Earlier reports from two Pittsburgh-area television stations had said Holmes was escorted off the plane after being “disruptive.” However, Holmes got off the plane by himself, and police officers reminded him of complying with flight regulations. The wide receiver was not charged.

“I know what has been told to me and it kind of got blown out of proportion it sounds like in some of the media outlets and things,” said coach Rex Ryan, who addressed reporters during the team’s rookie minicamp.


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