Sheldon Richardson Snapchat Video Sparks Response from Todd Bowles

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 09: Defensive Lineman Sheldon Richardson #91 of the New York Jets follows the action against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 9, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers wore their Throwback Uniforms. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
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Before the New York Jets lost to the Miami Dolphins on Saturday night, 34-13, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson sent out a controversial Snapchat video from the locker room that included him asking "Where the hoes at?” and what sounded like "f--k this game," per Brian Costello of the New York Post (warning: NFSW language).

On Sunday, Jets head coach Todd Bowles reacted to the incident. 

"I was just made aware of it and me and Sheldon will have a conversation very soon," Bowles said during a conference call with reporters, according to Costello. "We don’t condone any of that. We’re going to have a discussion and take care of it."

Bowles did defend Richardson's effort, however.

"Sheldon plays hard," Bowles said. "Inappropriate comments should have never been said. It’s inexcusable, but he plays hard."

On Tuesday, Bowles told reporters Richardson was remorseful. "He made a mistake on social media," Bowles told reporters, noting Richardson "didn't rob or shoot anyone."

Richardson and teammate Rontez Miles said the video was supposed to be a private video sent to a friend, per Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday.

Richardson, 26, isn't having the best of years. After opening the 2016 season with a one-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, he's notched just 1.5 sacks this season, so he's on pace for the lowest total in his career. Per Costello, he was also benched for a quarter against the Dolphins earlier in the season for repeatedly missing team meetings and served a four-game suspension in 2015 for violating the substance abuse policy.

Add it all up and Richardson has become expendable, with Leonard Williams emerging as one of the most dynamic young interior linemen in the NFL and Muhammad Wilkerson remaining an excellent option as well. Costello noted that the Jets are expected to seek a trade for Richardson this offseason, while Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reported that the team shopped him before the Nov. 1 trade deadline this season.

Cimini wrote: "Richardson was upset the team tried to move him, sources said. Some believe that soured his attitude and could be contributing to his disappointing season."

Whatever the case may be, Richardson's comments won't endear him to his head coach.

"We'll take care of it here," Bowles said, per Cimini. "That's not something we condone or we encourage. That's unacceptable."

       

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