- Gardner tagged the video with the phrase ‘Posting this so I don’t get fined’
- Jones said that there was nothing behind the fracas and it was ‘just football’
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The incident in question took place in the fourth quarter following a tackle on Jones from Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley.
Jones then got up in the face of Gardner, something the second-year corner says has never happened to him before.
‘He got tackled, and he reached his hand up to get me to help him up, and I just moved his hand out of the way.
‘But then he got up and he just came up to me [saying], like, ‘Good job.’ But while he’s saying that, he hit me in my private parts.’
New York Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner tweeted out a video showing an altercation with Patriots QB Mac Jones in which he says the New England quarterback hit him in his privates
Gardner ended up shoving Jones after the altercation and it did not escalate further
Jones said afterwards that there was nothing behind the incident and that it was ‘just football’
The reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year added that he ‘definitely wasn’t expecting that. First time for everything I guess. … He’s trying to prevent me from having kids in the future.’
Gardner was seen shoving Jones to the ground, but that was largely the end of the fracas.
After the 15-10 Patriots win, Jones tried shoving off the accusation.
‘Just football. I think it’s a physical game and at that point in the game, you just have to fight to get the one yard,’ the third-year quarterback said.
‘I was just trying to get the first down. … A lot of guys on both teams are in there and it definitely can get pretty physical in there.’
Jones has been accused of dirty play many times by multiple different opponents since joining the league in 2021.
It’s possible the Pats QB could be fined or further suspended by the NFL if he’s found to have committed the act he’s accused of.