Jets' Robert Saleh says unflattering Brian Kelly story about shoveling snow was 'taken out of context'

But Saleh told reporters Wednesday the whole story wastaken out of context.

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一个 2019 article published by ESPN surfaced this week, detailing an awkward incident for Saleh and LaFleur in 2004 when the duo thought they had been invited to Kelly’s home for a party. 代替, Saleh recalled shoveling snow and valeting cars for the actual guests.

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur on the sidelines during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Houston Texans Saturday, 八月. 14, 2021, in Green Bay, 威斯康星州.

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur on the sidelines during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Houston Texans Saturday, 八月. 14, 2021, in Green Bay, 威斯康星州. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

We decided that when we’re in that position, we’re never going to treat people the way we got treated,” Saleh, who served as the 旧金山49人队 defensive coordinator at the time, 说过. “And Matty’s lived up to it.

Fast forward several years later, and Saleh seemingly regrets the mischaracterization.

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I feel terrible because that whole thing was taken out of context,” Saleh said, 通过 纽约邮报.

Head coach Robert Saleh of the New York Jets looks on during the first half in the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 24, 2021, in Foxborough, 马萨诸塞州.

Head coach Robert Saleh of the New York Jets looks on during the first half in the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 24, 2021, in Foxborough, 马萨诸塞州. ( Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

When you’re coming up in this profession, part of that article was to tell a funny story of Matt and I as GAs. Part of being a GA — every single coach in this profession, there’s a rite of passage when you’re a GA, 一个 [quality control coach], and that was a funny story and not an indictment on how Brian treated us,” 他继续.

​​Kelly left Notre Dame after 12 seasons and with the Fighting Irish still in contention for a spot in the College Football Playoff. He was introduced Wednesday as LSU’s head coach.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly walks to a huddle as his team plays Toledo in the second half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, 印第安那州, 星期六, 九月. 11, 2021. Notre Dame won 32-29.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly walks to a huddle as his team plays Toledo in the second half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, 印第安那州, 星期六, 九月. 11, 2021. Notre Dame won 32-29. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

He’s a really good man, he treats people the right way,” Saleh added. “I know people are probably upset with him now and there’s never a right way to do things of that nature. I’m always one of his biggest fans.

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