Jets CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson defended his brother Woody, the team owner, against the allegations that he has made racist and sexist remarks as the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.
An investigation by the U.S. State Department concluded that Woody Johnson did make racist and sexist comments.
“First of all, he’s denied it publicly. He’s denied it to me,” Christopher Johnson said. “I’ve known him my whole life. We’ve spent so much time together. I’ve never heard him utter a racist or sexist word or perform an action that was racist or sexist. I believe him.”
Christopher Johnson took over the day-to-day operations of the team when Woody Johnson began his ambassadorship in 2017. Depending on the results of November’s election, Woody Johnson could be returning to the United States soon. Christopher Johnson said he will maintain a large role in the organization when Woody Johnson returns from serving as ambassador to the United Kingdom.
“We have discussed my role after he gets back,” Christopher Johnson said. “It will remain larger than my pre-ambassadorship role. Exactly when any of that happens is unknowable at this point.”
Johnson has been heavily involved in discussions with the team’s players and coaches about social justice this spring and summer. The Jets decided to remain in the locker room when the national anthem played before Sunday’s game with the Bills.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these guys, truly,” Johnson said. “I’ve been honored to be included in these conversations both with the whole team and individually in small groups. This is a really good locker room. I think you’re going to see us do great things together. They made the decision to stay in the locker room. I completely support that. I don’t know what they’re going to do this next week, but I will support that, too. I feel their support as well.”
Johnson spoke about the Jamal Adams trade for the first time since the team dealt the safety to Seattle in July for a package including two first-round picks.
“I think I’ve established pretty well that I love Jamal. He’s a good man. He’s a great player,” Johnson said. “It’s really sad to see a player like that leave your team, but we were given a deal that I don’t think Joe [Douglas, GM] could refuse I think as that plays out, I think it will be seen as a good deal for our team, for Seattle and for the player,” Johnson said.