Sauce Gardner accuses Mac Jones of cheap shot after QB sneak originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
"He reached out to me to get me to help him up,” Gardner said of Jones. “I just moved his hand out of the way. He got up and then came up to me like ‘Good job.’ While he was saying that, he hit me in my private parts.
"I didn’t react like I really wanted to. I definitely wasn’t expecting that. First time for everything I guess. ... He’s trying to prevent me from having kids in the future."
Sauce Gardner says he had to ice up after Mac Jones' hit:
"He's trying to stop me from having kids in the future" 😭 pic.twitter.com/B1WvKk1UVI
— Jets Videos (@snyjets) September 24, 2023
Jones was asked about Gardner's comments, and he denied doing anything wrong on the play.
"Um, no," Jones said when asked if he gave Gardner a low blow, as seen in the video player above. "Just trying to get the first down. ... Definitely a physical play. A lot of guys are in there. It's kind of like the famous quarterback sneak that everybody does, and all the guys from both teams are in there, so it can get pretty physical."
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This isn't the first time Jones has been involved in a potentially dirty play.
Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns was unhappy with Jones after the Patriots QB twisted his ankle during a Week 9 game in 2021. Chicago Bears safety Jaquan Brisker accused Jones of intentionally kicking him in a Week 7 game at Gillette Stadium last season.
Jones is a passionate player, and that's unlikely going to change. He does need to keep his cool, though.