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Thursday’s Mashup: Mark Sanchez jokes about ‘butt fumble’ game after question from reporter about infamous play against Patriots

Lucy Burdge
December 06, 2018 - 5:59 am

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-- The infamous “Butt Fumble” happened over six years ago now and Mark Sanchez is ready to joke about it.

Now with the Redskins, Sanchez was the quarterback of the Jets when he made the unconventional play against the Patriots on Thanksgiving Day.

The Redskins are set to face the Giants this week and Sanchez joked around about the play when asked about it by a New York reporter on Wednesday.

“I’m not following,” Sanchez said during the butt fumble question.

He then laughed and said, “What are you going to do? It was a crappy play in a game where we were getting our butts kicked. Who cares? It’s one play. You just move on.”

“Some low-hanging fruit, so that was an easy reach for you,” he continued. “I’m just kidding! I’m just kidding! Come on. You can give it to me; I can give it right back. Come on. Thick skin in here, huh? No, listen: Who cares? It’s one play. And just move on. I prefer to remember the good stuff.”

The Patriots won that game 49-19.

-- In the aftermath of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, USA Gymnastics has filed for bankruptcy.

The move was announced on Wednesday and the national governing body for gymnastics said it hopes this will lend to an expedited process in handling dozens of civil lawsuits filed in relation to the sexual abuse by Nassar, the disgraced former national medical coordinator. He was convicted of assaulting patients.

"We owe it to the survivors to resolve, fully and finally, claims based on the horrific acts of the past," said Kathryn Carson, chair of the USA Gymnastics board of directors.

The lawsuits say the organization failed to report claims of Nassar's abuse and stop him from abusing others.

Carson said USA Gymnastics does not have the sufficient funds to settle all of the lawsuits. The bankruptcy filing claims between $50 million and $100 million in assets.

John Manly, the attorney who represents many of the women suing USA Gymnastics, said the filing is an "inevitable result of the inability of this organization to meet its core responsibility of protecting its athlete members from abuse."

"The leadership of USA Gymnastics has proven itself to be both morally and financially bankrupt," Manly continued. "They have inflicted and continue to inflict unimaginable pain on survivors and their families. They are incapable of meeting their obligations as an Olympic governing body."

The U.S. Olympic Committee took steps toward revoking USA Gymnastics' certification in early November, saying gymnasts “deserve better.”

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