Question of whether Woody Johnson, Robert Saleh had “very heated conversation” becomes very hot topic


It’s one thing for NFL Media, owned in equal parts by all 32 teams, to monger a rumor about the owner of one of those teams. It’s quite another for the rumor to end up being wrong.

That’s the next question, as it relates to the claim made by Colleen Wolfe on the Around the NFL podcast that a “very heated conversation” occurred between Jets owner Woody Johnson and Jets coach Robert Saleh at the league meetings in Orlando.

It’s not clear at this point whether the report is factually accurate. The Jets, we’re told, strongly believe it is not. (We’ve asked the team for an official comment.) To the extent, however, that some are pointing to an X post from Connor Hughes of as the definitive word on the matter, that’s not the smoking gun you think it is.

Here’s the Hughes post: “There was no verbal argument between Robert Saleh and Woody Johnson at the NFL’s annual meeting reception. I know because I was at the party where this apparently happened, feet from Saleh & Johnson, before Johnson & Jets contingent left. Woody took them out to dinner. Checked in with a two sources at the dinner. Confirmed nothing happened there, either.”

The threshold problem is that Wolfe, while initially saying that the “very heated conversation” happened at the Monday night reception, later said in the same clip that it happened on Sunday. Thus, to the extent Hughes is referring to the Monday night reception (the context of his post and other related posts makes it clear that he was), he’s got the wrong day.

Second, I’ve been at the Monday night event. Multiple times. It’s impossible to have eyes on the same two people the entire time. There are too many people and too much activity. Unless you park yourself next to them from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave, no one can conclusively say they saw everything that did, and didn’t, transpire between them during the party.

We initially covered this story as a rare if not unprecedented example of NFL Media, owned and operated…

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Publish date : 2024-03-28 13:49:40

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