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Joe Namath ‘ashamed’ over slamming Ryan Fitzpatrick on Twitter

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Joe Namath has long been known for his often-unflattering hot sports takes concerning his New York Jets. But his last social media salvo has left him “ashamed” over his behavior.

The Jets icon expressed regret over tweeting that Ryan Fitzpatrick needed to be benched after a horrific first half in what ultimately became a 31-28 comeback victory over the Cleveland Browns.

“I do feel ashamed for doing it,” Namath said during a Tuesday interview on ESPN New York, as transcribed by NJ.com’s Darryl Slater. “It breaks a kind of team-player code. No good could come of it. You’ve got to give trust to the coaching staff and the players. They want to win so badly. And they’re obligated to playing their best players at all times. I’ve got to remind myself: I haven’t even seen Petty play. Fitz is the best we have to get out there and win. I lost trust or I forgot that fact.”

Presumably much like many other Jets fans, Namath was left befuddled with the Jets’ struggles Sunday heading into halftime. The team was down 20-7 to the hapless Browns, primarily due to the terrible first-half performance from Fitzpatrick. The previously benched signal-caller was a miserable 3-for-14 with a paltry 30 passing yards in the first half.

This prompted Namath to express his frustration on Twitter, calling on the Jets to bench Fitzpatrick and insert quarterback Bryce Petty in his stead.

The Jets of course went on to outscore the Browns 24-7 in the first half with Fitzpatrick finishing the game 16 of 34 for 228 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.

This latest Twitter gaffe isn’t even the first one for Namath this season. Namath questioned Geno Smith for not going back into a game against the Baltimore Ravens after suffering a knee injury. It turned out to be a torn ACL and Namath apologized for that criticism as well.

These kind of social media missives at the expense of the Jets has prompted wide receiver Brandon Marshall to suggest Namath should cool it with the tweets.

“That’s two weeks in a row,” Marshall said. “Come on, Broadway Joe. It’s time for you to get off Twitter.”

Fitzpatrick, meanwhile, essentially shrugged off Broadway Joe’s slam.