Wilson’s Epic Troll of Payton: Gilligan Hat, Sunglasses, and Interview

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The New York Jets and the Denver Broncos have been involved in a heated rivalry this offseason, and Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson added some fuel to the fire with his sideline antics during Saturday’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.

Wilson, who did not play in the game due to a minor injury, was spotted wearing a Gilligan hat and sunglasses on the bench, while also giving an interview during the game. This was a clear jab at Broncos head coach Sean Payton, who had imposed some strict rules for his players during their preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals.

According to James Palmer of NFL Network, Payton did not want his starters to take off their uniforms, wear sunglasses, wear Gilligan hats, or conduct interviews during the game. He wanted them to stay focused and professional, even after they were pulled from the game.

Wilson’s choice of attire and behavior was a blatant violation of all four of Payton’s rules, and he seemed to enjoy trolling the Broncos coach. He even liked a tweet that praised his trolling of Payton.

The feud between the Jets and the Broncos started when Payton criticized former Broncos coach and current Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett in an interview with Jarrett Bell of USA Today. Payton blamed Hackett for the poor performance of Russell Wilson, who was traded from the Seattle Seahawks to the Broncos in exchange for Kyler Murray and multiple draft picks.

“Everybody’s got a little stink on their hands,” Payton said. “It’s not just Russell. It was a (poor) offensive line. It might have been one of the worst coaching jobs in the history of the NFL. That’s how bad it was.”

Payton later apologized for his comments, but they did not sit well with the Jets, especially quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Robert Saleh. Rodgers defended his coach and told Payton to “keep my coach’s name out of his mouth.” Saleh also expressed his displeasure with Payton’s remarks and said he was “disappointed” in him.

The Jets and the Broncos will face each other in Week 5 of the regular season, and it promises to be an intense matchup. Wilson’s trolling of Payton is just another example of how much bad blood there is between the two teams.

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