Mark Sanchez is a lightning rod for criticism (USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has been a lightning rod for criticism over the last few seasons. Even during this year's training camp, Jets fans have booed him during practice and former teammate Chaz Schilens took a shot at Sanchez in advance of Friday night's preseason opener.
Since it's 2013, Sanchez's detractors have used social media platforms to express their displeasure with the 2009 first-round pick out of USC. The vitriol is often ugly, as evidenced by a tweet that Sanchez decided to respond to on Thursday.
— Mark Sanchez (@Mark_Sanchez) August 8, 2013
Sanchez's performance over the last two seasons certainly warrants criticism. He has not developed into the premier quarterback the Jets thought he would be when they traded up to select him with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft, turning the ball over 52 times as the Jets have missed the playoffs each season.
However, wishing a torn ACL, or any injury, on anyone is completely out of bounds. Sanchez's response to the ugly tweet resulted in that user being suspended from Twitter, which is a positive development from this situation. The downside is that Sanchez is responding to the criticism on Twitter, which could open the flood gates for even more idiotic tweets at him. With Sanchez embroiled in a training camp battle with second-round pick Geno Smith for the Jets' starting quarterback job, he might want to lay off social media for awhile.
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