When Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets ended their weird, futile standoff this week, he showed up to camp looking very much like a man who’d spent the last few months unemployed.
We’re used to seeing Fitzpatrick with a bushy beard, but it was even more robust than usual, and his hair was awfully shaggy. The reason? He had to stay away from his barbershop after a story in the New York Post.
“Somebody wrote an article about my barbershop a couple of months ago, so I couldn’t go back to the barbershop, you know,” Fitzpatrick told reporters Thursday. “I’ve been trying to avoid the media and stay in my cave.”
The story was a column in the Post early last month where Steve Serby went to a few of Fitzpatrick’s favorite spots in Chatham, N.J., on the off chance he might spot the yet-unsigned quarterback.
Serby also went to a pizza shop next to the barber, but it’s unclear whether that precluded Fitzpatrick from enjoying a slice over the past six weeks.