During times of childhood innocence, we’re all told to say nothing if we don’t have anything nice to say. For me that mantra for a happy, loving life worked well as a six-year-old until someone dared to touch my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures, and especially Leonardo. That’s usually when viscous verbal barbs flew freely, and my new enemy was said to have pants that stink, or perhaps even poo breath.

Santonio Holmes surely had this same speech as a young chap, and he ignored it entirely, instead choosing to complain to his childhood friends about his receptions. But for Holmes the speech went beyond just not saying anything mean. Instead he was also told that if he doesn’t have anything intelligent to say that’s not completely contradictory, he probably shouldn’t say anything.

Too late.

In yet another example that Holmes is making the babiest baby steps possible as he learns to speak with the media properly after six years in the league and at the age of 28, Holmes had two comments during a radio appearance yesterday that when put side-by-side, they make absolutely no sense.

The first was paraphrased by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, who noted that during his ESPN 1050 interview Holmes took ownership for the role he played in the steaming toxic mess that was the Jets locker room at the end of last season, and throughout much of the offseason. Specifically, he said he regretted comments he made that were critical of the offensive line, saying he “shouldn’t have answered those questions in that manner”.

Progress? No, not yet. There’s always an internal war with Holmes mentally, and usually it’s blind stupidity that wins.

Holmes continued, saying that despite his petulant display that resulted in his exile from the huddle during the Jets’ regular-season finale in which they had an opportunity to make the playoffs with a win, he’s been designated the team scapegoat.

“It was playoffs on the line and your best receiver doesn’t get but two passes thrown his way in 60 minutes of football. That’s just hard to understand when you want everything just as bad as everybody else does and it just doesn’t happen. And nobody has the answers for it…. but the scapegoat is answer. And that’s what happened.”

Hmmm, so he takes responsibility for his behavior, and then several minutes later continues the same behavior. How very Santonio of you, Santonio.

Just for fun, let’s review the definition of the term “scapegoat.”

A goat sent into the wilderness after the Jewish chief priest had symbolically laid the sins of the people upon it.

What? Oh, the non-biblical form. Yes, that’s over a few more pages…

A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.

The implication, though, is that the scapegoat is largely innocent in the situation in which a scapegoat is required. And if that truly is Holmes’ thinking, he’s reached a state of delusion from which he’ll never recover.