Could Mecole Hardman Sue New York Jets? Stephen A. Smith Rips Into Accusations

ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith said that he would take legal action if he was Mecole Hardman if the allegations against him aren't true.

ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith would typically be the first to call out an organization, player, or anyone he felt was in the wrong. In the case of former New York Jet and three-time Super Bowl-winning wide receiver Mecole Hardman, the accusations levied against him are on Smith’s radar.

Stephen A. Smith Sounds Off on Mecole Hardman Accusations 

On the heels of the Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver’s interview on The Pivot Podcast, Hardman’s comments about contacting Kansas City general manager Brett Veach and quarterback Patrick Mahomes drew ire from former Jets teams and fans alike.

“Y’all keep telling me certain things; I’m not going for that because y’all are not doing it right,” Hardman said. “We got helmets on the ground, we don’t got no discipline, people feel like it’s too many individual egos in this locker room. I’m telling them, that’s not gonna get y’all to win. It’s not going to happen.”

After his podcast interview ripping the Jets, the drama between Hardman and the organization was far from over. Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner and teammates later accused Hardman of leaking their offensive game plan to the Eagles, which caught the attention of Smith.

“If you are Mecole Hardman, if there is a hole in their [Jets] argument — first of all, you’ve gotta speak on that in the media — that’s grounds for a lawsuit,” Smith said. “Seriously. If they are false, that’s a career-ender, y’all. What locker room could he possibly go in if somebody believes it’s true? If evidence came out that this is remotely true, what locker room could he go in?”

Hardman signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Jets in free agency last year, but his stint in New York was very short. In just five games with the Jets, Hardman only caught one pass for six yards on three targets. When Hardman signed with the Jets, he was expecting to catch passes from QB Aaron Rodgers, but he went down with a season-ending Achilles injury after just four snaps.

Hardman was promptly traded from New York with a 2025 seventh-round selection back to the Chiefs for a sixth-round pick in the 2025 NFL Draft. Hardman said that he asked the Chiefs to “come get me,” which has since raised eyebrows in the Jets organization that Kansas City was tampering.

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Hardman finished the season with a career-low in both receptions and receiving yards but eventually made the game-winning reception in overtime of Super Bowl 58. After winning his third Super Bowl on the Chiefs, Hardman is slated to hit free agency once again.

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