Have you ever heard of the term "fairness and accuracy in reporting"? It seems bloggers don't have to concern themselves with that. Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com takes an innocent comment and tries to make something out of it.
He points out that Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha talked to Jets head coach Rex Ryan about possibly having Nnamdi and Revis playing in the same team together. Florio writes that that could be enough to warrant tampering charges against the Jets. However, in keying in on the case against Ryan, Florio conveniently leaves out the other side of it - that Nnamdi actually suggested the two could play together as Raiders.
In other words, Nnamdi was himself trying to convince Rex of sending CB Darrelle Revis to Oakland. Mike Florio blatantly ignores that fact.
Here is Nnamdi's quote, from the AFC East blog:
"Me and Revis have been talking to Rex to try to do something," Asomugha said. "You may see us in the future. There's a little bit of talk going on. Either he's coming to Oakland or something else will happen."
Mike Florio's blog is after the jump.
Per Tim Graham of ESPN.com, Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha wants to be a Jet. And Asomugha says that he has spoken not only to Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis regarding the possibility, but also to Ryan himself.
The problem is that Ryan can't talk to Asomugha about acquiring the shut-down cornerback's rights. Even if Asomugha intiated the contact, Ryan has an absolute obligation to refrain from speaking to the player, and to immediately report the contact from Asomugha to the league office.
And consider the Berkeley-educated Asomugha's comment -- "Me and Revis have been talking to Rex to try to do something." The choice of words implies multiple direct communications between Asomugha, who has two years remaining on his deal with the Raiders, and Ryan.
At a time when Ryan is proving that he's as reckless and unpredictable as a dog driving a Dodge, the league has no choice but to deal with the situation, with or without a tampering claim being made by the Raiders.
Then again, if anyone thinks that the Raiders will be bashful about bashing the Jets over this one, consider the beliefs of owner Al Davis that the Patriots tampered with receiver Randy Moss prior to the trade that sent him to New England.
Consider Mike Florio's own words here: "Ryan is proving he's as reckless and unpredictable as a dog driving a Dodge." That seems to be your opinion, too, Mike. And that's why you weren't "bashful about bashing the Jets" as you chose to be one-sided on your story.
I know it seems easy to pick on Rex Ryan and the Jets right now, but at least be fair and accurate.