New York Jets: Bart Scott and Reporter Nearly Come to Blows in Locker Room

John DegrooteCorrespondent IISeptember 21, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 26:   Bart Scott #57 of the New York Jets reacts during a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium on August 26, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets continue to remain interesting.

On Friday afternoon, multiple reports had Jets linebacker Bart Scott having to be separated from reporter Dan Leberfeld, a writer for the website Jets Confidential. Bart Hubbuch sent out several tweets on the incident on Twitter.


Bart Scott just had to be separated from reporter Dan Leberfeld in the locker room. Bizarre scene.

— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) September 21, 2012


The scuffle apparently started because Leberfeld attempted to snap a picture of Scott in the locker room. After Leberfeld took the picture with his cell phone, Scott told Leberfeld to “get a life," and the two began jawing.

New York PR representative Bruce Speight then got in the middle and separated the two.


Jets PR guy Bruce Speight stepped in front of Scott. Only thing that seemed to prevent fisticuffs.

Leberfeld then came back with the always witty, "I'll sue you" line. Scott did not seem to care.

Scott is one of the NFL's most aggressive defenders, but Friday's incident is something that should never happen in a professional locker room, especially with a member of the media.

It is not a matter of whose fault it is. Scott needs to control himself in situations like this. Speight's job is to navigate situations like this, and not by being in the middle of a 240-plus pound linebacker and a member of the media.

Scott has made his disdain for the media known. This offseason, Scott declared a "media mutiny." According to Pro Football Talk, Scott said:

You guys treat us like we’re a (bleeping) joke. You all want us to feed your papers, but then you all talk (bleep) about us. So why would I want to give you all quotes to sell papers with if you all treat us like (bleep)? That doesn’t make sense. You all talk stuff about us, and then when we win you flip the story. You all win either way.

Say what you mean, Bart.

Scott's actions do not do much to dispel the thought that the Jets organization is a circus. He currently has 13 tackles for the 1-1 Jets.

Most likely, the veteran linebacker will not face any discipline for the incident. But one thing is certain, Leberfeld will think twice next time he attempts to snap a shot of Scott.