A couple of weeks ago, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy took a shot at New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora.
Via Twitter, McCoy stated that Umenyiora was “the third best d- line on his team honestly”.
Of course this incited a reaction from Osi, among other members of the Giants including Justin Tuck.
“Well, two things, yes we will take that personally,” Tuck said in an interview on Mike and Mike in the morning. “And two, he might want to watch some film before he starts talking about a defensive end of Osi’s quality. I don’t know where he would say something of that nature. Obviously Osi’s stats back up the fact that he is a pretty good NFL football player.”
Classy as always, Tuck went on to discuss the ways in which Osi Umenyiora has helped him develop as a football player and that he would like to see him back on the team. Tuck also went on to twist the knife into McCoy a bit harder.
“I honestly think social media has made people cowards,” Tuck said. “Where I’m from, if you had a problem with somebody, you said it to their face. I think now people are hiding behind computers and smart phones to get out something they got on their chest where I’m used to having a problem with a person, you go tell it to their face. You don’t go blast it out so everybody in the world can see about it.”
The fact of the matter is, Tuck is correct. Social media has allowed players across the league to have a channel to communicate with the world that they have previously not had. Trash talk is part of football, but as Osi Umenyiora told the Star Ledger, once it is taken off the field, it is a different story.
“Yeah, me and him, we had words on the field — both times we played. I hate him, he hates me, period,” Umenyiora said. “He chose to take that off the field and make it public when it’s something that’s between me and him. It’s something we can address on the football field. He let the whole world know about it, so I’m going to respond.”
In 2011, if the Giants execute their playbook against Philadelphia half as well as they have their rhetoric, the team will be in great shape.
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