Let’s look at the situation as a whole.
The Pittsburgh Steelers knew who Santonio Holmes was, they knew his character; they also knew what he was capable of. They traded him and kept him in the AFC conference anyway.
That in itself is a big statement, teams usually want to trade a good player away from their own conference. Why let it come back to haunt you. So the trade spoke volumes.
Holmes claim to fame:
“Super Bowl XLIII, Holmes secured the Steelers’ NFL-record 6th Super Bowl win after catching a 6-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger with 35 seconds left in regulation. Holmes caught nine passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, including four receptions for 73 yards on their final game-winning drive. He was named Super Bowl MVP, becoming the sixth wide receiver to win the award, and also was the third Pittsburgh receiver to win the award, following Lynn Swann and Hines Ward.” -Wikipedia
He became Pittsburgh’s #1 receiving target in his last year with the Steelers. But Pittsburgh saw the writing on the wall and He was traded to the New York Jets during the 2009 offseason due to his legal and other problems.
Notice nothing here about his attitude and player relations.
This off-season Santonio Holmes got a reprieve. Holmes signed a one year contract with the Chicago Bears worth $855,000. A far cry from his 5 year $45 million dollar days.
Comment from Rotoworld.com:
Santonio Holmes had two catches for 20 yards in Week 2 against the 49ers.
Even with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery playing injured, Holmes was a non-factor. Holmes remains well off the fantasy radar. Sep 15 – 2:05 AM
On Friday, ESPN beat writers Rich Cimini and Michael Wright discussed the Jets Vs. Bears matchup which includes Santonio Holmes:
Cimini: Obviously, there is a lot of interest in receiver Santonio Holmes. How is he fitting in with the offense and, given his diva reputation in New York, is he behaving in the locker room?
Wright: Rich, the first week Holmes was here, I spent about an hour speaking with him one day after practice and we touched on his tumultuous tenure with the Jets. He seems to be genuine, and says that is probably what got him into trouble some in New York. From what I’ve seen of Holmes, though, he is a fairly quiet guy who seems to prefer to be alone. He understands the current situation is a tremendous opportunity; he wants to prove that he still possesses the skills to be an effective player and that he can be a person his coaches and teammates can depend on. He has been good in the locker room, sharing his knowledge and experiences with younger receivers.
The year that was for Holmes and the New York Jets circa 2012:
The QB Mark Sanchez-Holmes rift was “as bad as I’ve ever been around,” LaDainian Tomlinson revealed in a television interview in 2012.
The future Hall of Famer claimed locker-room problems “got out of hand” toward the end of the year, stating that coach Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum fueled the situation as they like / wanted players that spoke their mind.
“I’ve been around some locker rooms and quarterback-receiver situations and what-not, but it was as bad as I’ve been around,”
Tomlinson said on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL cable show”
“You know, it was at the point where I think the players could no longer do anything about it. There was nothing that the players could do. So when it gets to that point, there are certain changes that need to happen. Can it be fixed? I think absolutely it can be. But they’re going to have to make some tough decisions.”
Tomlinson said it would be a “tough one,” the decision whether to keep Sanchez and Holmes together.
Tomlinson, who soon thereafter retired didn’t spare Ryan and Tannenbaum, stating that they contributed to the mess.
“They created this,” he said. “This is the type of football team that they wanted. Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan are both brash, in-your-face type of style, say whatever you want, just get it done on the field. And then it leads to other things, as guys are calling each other out and saying, ‘I’m not getting the ball’ or whatever it may be.”
In the days leading up to the final game, Sanchez called a special quarterback-receivers meeting to watch film and Holmes showed up, complaining, as first reported by ESPNNewYork.com. He didn’t show for the next day’s meeting. In the game, Holmes was benched after jawing with teammates.
Tomlinson, reiterating what he had said this time on ESPN’s NFL Countdown
The Jets didn’t stay consistent:
Tomlinson was the NFL’s leading active rusher and he questioned the decision to stray from their Ground & Pound offense, another shot at Rex Ryan.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” he said. “So a team that was coming off two straight AFC Championship Games relied heavily on the run. My opinion now, why would you just totally switch up your identity at that point?”
Now that Holmes has been waived and picked up by the Chicago Bears whom the Jets now face on Monday night football Rex Ryan doesn’t want to give Holmes any motivational fuel for his homecoming to MetLife.
Ryan insisitied that it was “totally untrue” that Holmes divided the locker room during his five year tenure with the Jets.
But what Jet fan can forget that 2011 season, when Holmes was thrown out of the huddle with two minutes remaining in the final game of the season?
One anonymous member of the Jets organization described Holmes as “a pain in the ass.”
Holmes is the reason why the Jets no longer have captains.
Rex Ryan made Santonio Holmes a team caption in 2011. In retrospect not one of the Ryan’s best decisions. A short time later Holmes publicly criticized the offensive line after a loss. When the 2011 season ended, Ryan announced, “No more captains.”
Ryan claims the decision wasn’t based on Holmes.
“It might not have been a great selection,” Ryan said of making Holmes a captain.
Ryan admitted that Holmes threw teammates “under the bus” but Ryan called him a good teammate, a “dude who won a lot of games for us”.
The Jets don’t want Holmes and the Bears to win Monday night in MetLife.
Obviously, the Jets are more focused on Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler’s favorite targets, but Ryan won’t forget about Holmes either. His surgically repaired foot is healthy (Lisfranc) and, despite only four catches for 41 yards, he looks like the Holmes the Jets have come to know as a receiver.
Holmes played 73 percent of the offensive snaps for the Bears in last week’s win over the San Francisco 49ers, so the Jets well have to get used to seeing him.
Holmes declined a request this week to speak with the New York media via conference call.
Holmes had created headlines with his foot-in-mouth remarks to the New York media in the past. Before a game, Holmes addressed the Carolina Panthers’ secondary as “the weakest link” on their defense, infuriating the defensive backs, who then proceeded to beat the Jets.
Holmes’ no stranger to the legal system:
Holmes has acknowledged selling drugs on the street corner of his hometown of Belle Glade, Florida as a teenager; he says that his mother’s influence and a desire to play professional football made him decide to stop. -Wikipedia
Holmes was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida on May 27, 2006 for disorderly conduct.
Holmes was arrested on June 18, 2006 for domestic violence and assault in Columbus, Ohio.
On July 7, 2006, Holmes appeared in Franklin County Court in Columbus, Ohio, Boone and their daughter accompanied Holmes to court. The charges were later dropped.
On October 23, 2008, Holmes was arrested in Pittsburgh and cited by officers for possession of marijuana.
On March 24, 2010, Anshonae Mills filed a lawsuit against Holmes over a March 7 incident in which she alleges Holmes threw a glass at her in an Orlando nightclub, resulting in a cut above her eye. Initially, Mills did not pursue charges, claiming Holmes and the police intimidated her into it, but the case has been reopened.
Subsequently, after a Twitter comment criticizing the nightclub incident, Holmes told the follower to “kill urself.” He later Tweeted it was time to “wake n bake,” a reference to marijuana.
Holmes alleges his account was hacked and it was not him making the comments.
On April 29, 2010, according to a report filed by authorities at Pittsburgh International Airport, a flight attendant told police that Holmes wouldn’t turn off his iPod when requested and asked that officers speak to him. Holmes got off the Colgan Air flight and spoke to the officers, who reminded him to comply with regulations, but did not charge the wide receiver with anything. Holmes later talked to Jets head coach Rex Ryan about the incident.
-legal incidents from Wikipedia