Hammerstein Ballroom follow-up

The only reason Darren McFadden's NYC trip became public was because a reporter stumbled upon him at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

MSG's Fooch Fucilli was at the Hammerstein Ballroom covering the boxing card. But when Fucilli spotted McFadden in attendance his assignment changed.

He proceeded to follow McFadden's every move.

But everytime he attempted to interview McFadden, Eric Mangini's right-hand woman, Erin O'Brien, stopped him.

This happened several times, including when the Arkansas running back left the building to go to his limo.

"No interviews, he's not talking," said O'Brien, one of the most powerful figures in the Jets organization.

We hear the PR people for the event weren't happy with O'Brien. They wanted to get some publicity out of McFadden's appearance. After all, they hooked him up with dinner and a luxury box, and wanted to get some bang for their buck. But O'Brien wouldn't allow them to set up any photo ops or interviews.

But actually, they ended up getting a lot of publicity. Think about it, this Hammerstein boxing card has been written about all over the place since McFadden was there.

The most important part of the evening, from a Jets standpoint, was when McFadden was brought down from the luxury box to meet Teddy Atlas at ringside.

Mangini, who wasn't there, wanted Atlas to meet McFadden, so he could give the coach his impression of the kid. Atlas is an amazing judge of character, and McFadden's character is a problem in the eyes of some. He was arrested twice at Arkansas, and also reportedly got a couple of women pregnant.

Former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt, who is now at Ole Miss, thinks McFadden's character is fine, but he needs to get away from the all the hanger's on who cling to him in Little Rock.

If Atlas, Jets security chief Steve Yarnell and O'Brien check off on McFadden's character, there is a good chance Gang Green will pick him at six, if he's still on the board.

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