Wolfson: Darnold's Ghost Quote Shouldn't Have Aired

Sam Darnold told America exactly what he was thinking – and seeing – in the midst of an embarrassing loss on Monday Night Football

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October 24, 2019 - 11:32 am
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The Jets lost to the Patriots 33-0 on Monday Night Football this week, but the game will likely not be remembered first and foremost for the shutout.

No, it will be remembered for Sam Darnold’s “seeing ghosts” comment.

Should that quote not have been aired?

“There are so many times where I do hear a lot of information, and I know it’s not right to put out,” CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson said on The DA Show. “I actually will even tell my producer, ‘I just heard this, but I can’t say it.’ So at least he can tell Jim (Nantz) and Tony (Romo), and they can kind of massage it in a way where, let’s say I did hear that comment, and I said, ‘I just heard this. I don’t think it’s right to go on the air with it. But tell Jim and Tony.’ Because then they can say, ‘Hey, do you think he’s fearful out there? Is he nervous? Is he confused?’ They can massage it in a way.”

There was no such massaging Monday, as a confused Darnold told America exactly what he was thinking – and seeing – in the midst of an embarrassing loss.

“I do not think it was right to go out with that comment,” Wolfson said. “I know how it works. We’ve mic’ed players before. I know how difficult it is to put stuff out on the air because the NFL is usually saying, ‘That’s not right. That’s not good for airtime.’”

Darnold, the third overall pick in 2018, finished 11-of-32 for 86 yards, four interceptions and a fumble.

“I think it hurts him,” Wolfson said of the comment. “Now think about where he’s at: this could change his whole career. I know that sounds dire, but this is a big hurdle for him as a young quarterback mentally to now get over. He’s going to go into these games, especially around Halloween, and there’s going to be fans dressed up as ghosts. Then it’s a challenge for Adam Gase, too, to have to help him in that sense of trying to get over this mentally. I believe that this is something that should not have gone on the air.”

There are, however, two sides to every coin.

“On the Jets’ side of it, they didn’t have to mic Sam Darnold,” Wolfson said. “Or he could have said no to it. They are required to mic someone, I think, once per year. it could have been that they normally do a defensive player, it could have been a wide receiver, it could have been Le’Veon. I think there’s kind of two sides to that story. But I never thought about it in my situation where maybe I shouldn’t have said it.”

The Jets (1-5) play three of their next four games on the road, beginning with Jacksonville this Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.