Tim Tebow was reportedly involved in an estimated 20-man brawl at the New York Jets' practice on Monday, which left the team's starting quarterback and coach unhappy while the Christian backup QB attempted to diffuse the situation.
The altercation reportedly began when Jets running back Joe McKnight was shoved out of bounds by D'Anton Lynn, Jets safety who also happens to be the son of the team's running backs coach Anthony Lynn. Lynn was reportedly the aggressor in the situation who made physical contact with McKnight after a handoff from third string QB Greg McElroy.
The shove resulted in McKnight throwing the football at Lynn, and a brawl ensued. However, Tebow told reporters that he was not directly involved, only trying to break up the men who seemed to be wrestling on the football field Monday.
"No, I'm clean," Tebow told the media with a laugh, after inquiries about his involvement in the brawl came about. "I stay clean out there."
While Tebow did try to help break up the fight, he seemed unfazed by the ordeal, according to The Denver Post. Tebow told the publication that he had witnessed more tension during his stint at the University of Florida and on the Denver Broncos.
Lynn decided to take responsibility for the altercation.
"That was a first," Lynn told the press Monday. "That's never happened to me before, so I lost my temper for a second."
However, starting QB Mark Sanchez was vocal about being unhappy with his teammates' actions.
"There's no excuse for it. There's no throwing the ball at a teammate," Sanchez said in a New York Post report. "There's no shoving a guy out of bounds into the signs. One, it doesn't look good and two, it sends the wrong message to our team. We want to take care of our guys."
However, the scuffle involving Lynn and McKnight was not the only altercation to take place on the Jets' practice field this week. Rookie linebacker Demario Davis and running back Terrance Ganaway became involved in a scuffle after a physical play and cornerback Antonio Cromartie exchanged verbal jabs with wide receiver Stephen Hill and tight end Dustin Keller.
Rex Ryan, Jets' head coach who punished his team by making them run a series of sprints, admitted that the team's behavior was unacceptable.
"I think sometimes, you're trying to be physical but being physical is one thing," Ryan said in a New York Post report. "Going past that is something else, and that's what I didn't like. That's why we stopped and had to remind the guys that the enemy is not in green and white. Fights happen occasionally but we've had enough of them."