Late in the game, Sanchez got tangled up with a Patriots' defender and fell awkwardly to the ground. As Sanchez got up, he hobbled visibly and looked to suffer a knee injury.
Angry fans who had been stewing at the team's embarrassing performance the entire night then stepped over into the realm of classlessness when they cheered the injured Sanchez.
That didn't sit well with the veteran tight end and staunch Sanchez supporter.
Terrible performance 2day PERIOD, but 4 anybody that cheered when @mark_sanchez was down(pat or Jet fan)U R ridiculous & aren't real fans!!!
— Dustin Keller (@DUSTINKELLER81) November 23, 2012
This may be the first time Keller has spoken out this strongly in the media and he is a very rare tweeter, so you know Keller was truly irked.
Keller has tweeted just four times this entire season.
It's hard to blame Keller for being so emotional after a game like that. Keller is clearly a player who plays with a ton of pride and has been a great Jet during his career here.
On a team surrounded in controversy and chaos, Keller rarely speaks out—and when he does, it is often in a positive manner.
However, this game apparently pushed him over the edge of frustration.
Keller was right to stick up for his teammate in this situation, but he could have worded his support much better. He could have even kept his "u r ridiculous" line in his statement and not faced too much scorn.
However, he did take things a step too far when he claimed that the people who cheered weren't "real fans."
These were fans who continued to support the team, despite its performance this season. They were here on Thanksgiving night and were still in the stands despite the fact that they should have walked out of that debacle at halftime.
The fans who cheered for Sanchez's injury were classless to be certain. Fans have a right to be as vocal as they want when they pay their good money to go to a game. But the fans who do also open themselves up for severe criticism.
Keller has a strong voice in the locker room as someone who leads by example. He does things the right way, usually performs well and is one of the hardest workers on the team.
His tweet will draw negative attention from the media who continue to circle the Jets like a vulture waiting for them to take their last breath.
Keller was right to stick up for his teammate, but wrong to say anyone at MetLife Stadium on Thanksgiving night wasn't a "real fan."
In the end, this is not a big deal and by the time the Jets take the field again in nine days, all will be forgotten.