In an interview with Mark Daniels of masslive.com, cornerback J.C. Jackson admitted to his role in the punishment given by Bill Belichick that led to his benching during the team’s game in Washington. Jackson took responsibility for missing bed checks at the Patriots’ team hotel on the Saturday night before the game, which resulted in him being left behind as a healthy scratch while the team travelled to Germany.
Jackson made it clear that he considered the benching a punishment and understood that it was brought on by his own mistakes. He emphasized the importance of being responsible and adhering to team rules, acknowledging that his actions had consequences and did not want to be considered greater than anyone else in the team. Despite this, Jackson stated that he wants to continue playing for the Patriots because he feels at home there and believes he has a leadership role to fill.
Belichick is known for maintaining discipline no matter who you are, and Jackson recognized this disciplinary measure as a way of correcting his mistakes and setting an example for others on the team. He also stressed that he takes full responsibility for his actions and understands that they have consequences, both personally and professionally. Overall, Jackson’s interview highlighted the importance of accountability and discipline in professional sports, as well as his dedication to being a valuable member of the Patriots organization.