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Former Jets quarterback Erik Ainge: Mark Sanchez is ‘dumb while being dumb’

Former Jets QB Erik Ainge on Mark Sanchez: "He's dumb while being dumb." (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Jets players reportedly want Mark Sanchez to be the starter. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Former New York Jets quarterback Erik Ainge isn't a big fan of Mark Sanchez, telling a New York newspaper that he saved Sanchez from an embarrassing episode when he smashed the cell phone of a female partygoer who took pictures of Sanchez streaking several years ago.

Ainge, who played with the Jets from 2008 to 2010, said Sanchez paid for the damages to the phone.

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“There were numerous times when things would happen, when things would go down, articles of clothing would be removed,” Ainge told Metro. “Mark is goofy. He played truth or dare. He was kind of awkward around girls, so he needed other people around him to help him out. I was good at that — there were other guys who were good with that. So we’d help him out and talk him through his awkwardness. It happened to him with the 17-year old who said she wasn’t 17. Now the butt video and there’s been several other issues just like that, but he’s always had wingmen."

Ainge said Sanchez's off-field behavior is questionable and that he is too nice for his own good.

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"He’s dumb about it. He’s stupid while being stupid. You have to be smart while being stupid, and he’s dumb while being dumb. Look at the butt video. He needs someone he trusts there when Mark wants to go streaking through his own condo.”