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Mathias Kiwanuka Says There is “Absolutely” Tension in New York Giants Locker-Room

December 18th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Remember on Tuesday when it seemed like the New York Giants had successfully squashed all the negativity that had been drawn to them following a 23-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, in which a postgame meltdown was the headline? Well, it's not quite dead yet as defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka took to ESPN Radio on Tuesday evening, admitting that there is "absolutely" tension in Big Blue's locker-room.

“Yeah,” he said. “Absolutely there’s tension. We’re human. We’re a team. We consider ourselves a family. Any family there are going to be issues that come up. It’s about how you deal with it.”

How the Giants dealt with it on Sunday, unfortunately, was by pointing fingers at each other without actually naming any of their teammates publicly. Case in point: tight end Brandon Myers and his tweets that indicated a huge locker-room blowout. Of course, Myers later said the tweets were taken out of context because he's "not good with words."

"I think where it starts to get into trouble is where you get into things that are said, not behind somebody’s back, but when the other person isn’t there or [you] say something to somebody else about another player," Kiwanuka added. “That becomes an issue because that can get misconstrued and it takes a lot longer to get resolved whereas if you just go to somebody’s face … you can get it settled much faster.”

Hm. Wonder what he's referring to?

One thing Kiwanukla also admitted he was shocked to see was head coach Tom Coughlin during the postgame press conference in which he lit into certain units, calling the offensive performance "pathetic" and saying he "felt sorry" for some players who didn't appear to give it their all.

“It was real,” Kiwanuka said. “He was speaking from the heart. That’s somebody’s real heart, real passion. You see how much he cares and how much he loves this game. He meant it."

Coughlin, of course, went back on that statement on Monday, saying the offensive futility was much more about execution and far less about effort.

Ho hum. Just another day in Giants (5-9) land.

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