The fictional NFL Draft film Draft Day is hitting theaters this weekend and with it comes some real life drama to boot. While the film follows the Cleveland Browns as they acquire the No. 1 overall pick from the Seattle Seahawks, the original scripted called for a different team to be the recipient of the Browns massive trade.
According to director Ivan Reitman, the original script had the New York Jets passing on a franchise quarterback at No. 1 overall to acquire the Browns fictional draft package. But fictional or not, the quarterback controversy in the film turned the Jets off and they pulled out.
“They were having something of a quarterback dispute,” Reitman said, per the Los Angeles Times, “and the team said that this is just going to incite our fans a little more to criticize us, even though it’s all fictional.”
This is both sad for Jets fans to hear and hilarious for everyone else. It says a lot about an organization that they’re so usable that they don’t feel they can trust their fans with stomaching a fictional story. Either the Jets truly believe their fans are so reckless that they’d believe this story as truth, or it’s so close to the truth that it’s too painful to admit.