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Jets face first camp controversy: ‘roommate-gate’

August 8, 2010

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— The Jets have their first big controversy of training camp: roommate-gate.

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, left, laughs with defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Sanchez took a break between training-camp drills Wednesday in Cortland, N.Y.

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, left, laughs with defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Sanchez took a break between training-camp drills Wednesday in Cortland, N.Y.

Not to worry, though. This is just a friendly — and playful — case of revisionist history.

Quarterback Mark Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes are roommates this summer, but how they got together depends on which one you ask.

Sanchez said earlier in the week that the wide receiver requested to be his roommate so they could get to know each other better.

Holmes, acquired from Pittsburgh in the offseason, had a different version after the team’s scrimmage Saturday.

“When the guys came around the locker room asking who I wanted to be camp roommates with, I went through the list, and everybody was pretty much taken up,” Holmes said with a laugh. “Except for him.”

Holmes didn’t mind, though. And, he doesn’t dispute that he picked Sanchez because it would help them get to know each other better after being acquired from Pittsburgh in April.

“After I saw the list and saw that he was the only open,” Holmes said, “I went up to him and said, ‘We’re going to be roommates, bro. Whether you like it or not, we’re roommates.”’

When told of Holmes’ version, Sanchez was stunned.

“Santonio said that?” he said, his eyes wide. “I’m going to hold my comment for now, and I’m going to talk to you guys on Monday. If he doesn’t show up to practice, don’t be surprised.”

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