Following Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants tight end Brandon Myers took to Twitter and vented after what appeared to be a locker-room altercation with an unknown teammate (some speculate that it was safety Antrel Rolle). His words were very specific and detailed, recounting an obvious disagreement with someone.
"Getting cussed out for encouraging ppl am telling them they did a good job is mind blowing," Myers tweeted. "If ppl on this team wanna take shots at me an say I have no passion they are mistaken. I give everything I have each an every week."
On Monday, Myers backtracked on his tweets, telling the media the entire thing was, essentially, taken out of context. He claims it had nothing to do with a specific person or situation; that it was just a way to vent his frustration over the team losing.
"I’m not very good with my words. It wasn’t in reaction to somebody, it was just being frustrated. I used poor words, I used poor judgment. I should have just waited until today. Everyone’s talking about what we can do to get better and move on," Myers said.
Asked if he could understand how those words would be misinterpreted, Myers agreed, saying "Absolutely, and once I looked back on it, if you could take it back, you would but you can’t. Man up to it and move on."
Meanwhile, the aforementioned Antrel Rolle didn't back off of his Sunday comments, and quarterback Eli Manning admitted they were just. However, head coach Tom Coughlin wasn't overly thrilled with them, Myers' comments or even his own. Having had a day to reflect on the game, watch the tape and mull postgame press conferences, Coughlin felt he and several players jumped to conclusions and said things that should have never been spoken.
"That [stuff] is not for the public. This is a family. You stay within the family," Coughlin said. "I’m sure [Antrel] will go to the people that he needs to and discuss it or talk it out and it won’t be an issue. But you have to understand in our game, to generalize, you can’t do it. I can’t do it because you’re always going to find someone that it doesn’t apply to and that’s the nature of it."
For the time being, the Giants seem to have put a cork in it — avoiding what could have been a tremendous blowout in the media. But it's now obvious to all those watching that a rift has been created in the locker-room as a result of their first losing season since 2004, and that players/coaches seem to be on different wave lengths.
But, to his credit, Coughlin manned up, admitted his own mistake and silenced his team within 24 hours. Now the real key will be to hold that silence for the remaining two weeks of their season.
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