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Geno Smith denies diva claims

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06:59 AM ET 05.07 | Geno Smith wanted to set the record straight -- or, at least, give his side of the story. Thin-skinned diva? Immature? Spoiled and aloof? Those descriptions, and more, were aimed at Smith for firing his agents, Erik Burkhardt and Jeff Nalley, last week after Smith slid to the second round of the NFL draft. Smith finally responded Monday. "I don't worry about what people say -- my skin is pretty thick," Smith told USA TODAY Sports. "I've never been in trouble." ... As for the open, five-man QB competition and his confidence about his chance to win the starting job? "What more can you ask for?" Smith said. "As of right now, my role as a rookie quarterback is to be a sponge."

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May 7, 2013  07:20 AM ET

Mr. Smith appeared in a sequined Halstead gown, wearing a diamond-studded tiara from Tiffanys, clutching a dozen long-stemmed roses and the score to La Traviata.

May 7, 2013  07:57 AM ET

Best thing he can do at this point is to shut up.

May 7, 2013  08:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Best thing he can do at this point is to shut up.

It is, but the New York media won't let that happen even if Geno tries to do it.

May 7, 2013  08:15 AM ET

Sorry, Gina...you don't get to pick your own nickname...."DIVA" it is...

May 7, 2013  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Sorry, Gina...you don't get to pick your own nickname...."DIVA" it is...

Gina!!!! Even better than "Diva."

May 7, 2013  08:32 AM ET

The media is baiting you son.. Your agent should be on top of this mess.

May 7, 2013  08:42 AM ET
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The media is baiting you son.. Your agent should be on top of this mess.

He should fire his agents! Again!

May 7, 2013  08:43 AM ET

He'll need to grow a pair fast playing for the Jets.

May 7, 2013  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He should fire his agents! Again!

Hasn't been in the NYJ circus for a week and already supplanted Tebow.

May 7, 2013  09:02 AM ET

It appears he will fit right in with the circus that is the Jets.

May 7, 2013  09:08 AM ET

He has gone out of his way to deny all his negative press rather than just ignoring it. Makes it seem like a silent admission.

May 7, 2013  09:09 AM ET

Oh Geno...

May 7, 2013  09:13 AM ET

If he's going to be a sponge, it will serve him well when he has to clean up the mess he will inherit at some point during the coming season.

May 7, 2013  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

If he's going to be a sponge, it will serve him well when he has to clean up the mess he will inherit at some point during the coming season.

Nice

May 7, 2013  09:20 AM ET

May 7, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He'll need to grow a pair fast playing for the Jets.

Boobs? How diva-esque.

May 7, 2013  09:52 AM ET

Yeah, and Clinton said, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

May 7, 2013  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Best thing he can do at this point is to shut up.

Otis, how is your hockey team doing?

May 7, 2013  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Gina!!!! Even better than "Diva."

Hail to the Redskins!

 
May 7, 2013  10:09 AM ET

What's the over/under for number of weeks until Gina implodes/explodes in front of the press?

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