To hear Reitman tell it, the Jets grew concerned about their own quarterback controversy with embattled incumbent Mark Sanchez -- fresh off the "butt fumble" incident -- in danger of being pushed out the door by freshly drafted rookie Geno Smith.
"They were having something of a quarterback dispute," Reitman said, per the Los Angeles Times, "and the team said that this is just going to incite our fans a little more to criticize us, even though it's all fictional."
As producer Ali Bell notes, the flick's storyline about front-office politics "might have hit a little too close to home" for some NFL teams.
An alternate explanation is that the Jets' priority was protecting their image as well as their fan base.
A source familiar with "Draft Day's" team-selection process has told ESPN New York's Rich Cimini that the Jets were hesitant to participate because the script portrayed their fans in a negative light.
These fans? Surely you jest.
In the latest edition of the "Around The League Podcast", the guys discuss "Draft Day," then break down who got better (and who got worse) in the AFC East.