Willie Colon on his fight with Patriots: ‘I was tired of losing’
|09.13.13 at 2:28 am ET|
FOXBORO — It wouldn’t be a Patriots-Jets game if there wasn’t a little tension between the two teams.
While it was a relatively uneventful week, which carried over into a very sloppy, poorly played game, tempers did flare in the closing minute of the Patriots’ 13-10 win.
With 48 seconds left in the game and the Jets attempting to drive down the field, Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib intercepted Jets quarterback Geno Smith at the New York 46-yard line, for his second interception of the game, sealing the win for the Patriots. Following the interception, Jets lineman Nick Mangold dove at the cornerback’s legs when Talib didn’t just take a knee and was dancing up the sideline. The Patriots sideline took exception, and the two teams came together, exchanging words and, in the case of two Jets players, more than words.
“I didn’t do anything, I made the tackle,” Mangold said. “He was along the sideline. I obviously could not play defense in this league because I thought he was still in bounds, so I tried to make a tackle.’
Fellow offensive linemen D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Willie Colon were ejected for throwing punches and in the case of Colon, striking an official in the melee. Following the game both players could not recall the particulars of what took place.
‘I don’t really remember the details of what happened,’ said Ferguson, the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft, said. ‘At the end of the day I was ejected and like I said, just a lot of frustration today and we didn’t have the result we were looking for.’
Like Ferguson, Colon, in his eighth season in the league, couldn’t recall the details of the scrum, just that he was stepping in to protect one of his players.
‘I was tired of losing, and we just can’t have it,’ he said. ‘I saw [Nick Bellore] in there and a lot of guys running. I was trying to get in there and help my brother, and that is why I reacted the way I reacted.’
Because he struck an official, there looms the possibility of a suspension.
‘I hope I don’t get suspended, I hope that’s not the case,’ Colon said.
With the Jets offense turning the ball over four times and losing by three points to a division rival on the road, frustration is expected. But clearly there are just better ways to handle such situations.
‘I lost my temper, I lost my cool out there and you can’t have it,’ Colon said. ‘You hurt your team and I know better, so it’s my fault.’
No Patriots players received any penalties in the incident.