2023 Week 3

Sauce Gardner accuses Mac Jones of cheap shot after QB sneak

It's not the first time an opposing player has had an issue with Jones.

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Another NFL player isn't happy with New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones' actions on the field.

New York Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner accused Jones of hitting him below the belt after a QB sneak play in Sunday's Week 3 game at MetLife Stadium.

"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."

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.

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