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Giants CB Terrell Thomas: NFL is not ready for an openly gay player

Terrell-Thomas-GiantsNew York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas is the latest NFL player to admit he would not be comfortable with an openly gay teammate. For starters, Thomas believes the “unwanted attention” Michael Sam would bring could cause tension for teams.

“The attention on him is going to bring attention to the team — unwanted attention, questions that the players, the coaches, the whole organization is going to have to answer — and that’s a lot for one player to carry by himself,” Thomas told ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano in a phone interview Tuesday night.

Personally, I think the “distraction” angle has been overblown. As Donte’ Stallworth explained in his well-reasoned take on the Sam situation, NFL teams have to deal with a number of distractions during the season — most of which they have no time to prepare for. If the organization that drafts Sam makes his sexual preference a non-issue and a subject that won’t be discussed from day one, the media will eventually give up.

Thomas then raised the locker room and shower situation concern.

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Eli Manning, Giants sued for allegedly selling fake memorabilia

Eli-Manning-GiantsA bizarre lawsuit has been filed against Eli Manning and the New York Giants that claims the quarterback and team have been knowingly distributing football gear and passing it off as game-worn. According to court documents obtained by the NY Post, the Giants have taken new equipment and doctored it to make it appear like it was worn during games.

Eric Inselberg, a sports collector who was indicted for memorabilia fraud for selling fake used sports jerseys in 2011, filed the suit against the team on Wednesday in an attempt at retribution. Inselberg claims a helmet on display at the Hall of Fame in Canton that was supposedly worn by Manning during the 2008 Super Bowl is one of dozens of “fake” items that the Giants have created.

The court documents allege that Manning took part in the scheme so he could keep personal items for himself. Inselberg claims that Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba openly discussed Manning’s phony gear in an email exchange back in 2008.

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Hakeem Nicks was reportedly fined multiple times, is not expected to return to Giants

Hakeem-Nicks-GiantsHakeem Nicks will become a free agent this summer, and most people assume the New York Giants will not make a valiant effort to re-sign the 26-year-old wide receiver. The G-Men already signed Victor Cruz to a lucrative contract extension last offseason. Nicks has had a difficult time staying healthy and producing consistently. Plus, he was reportedly fined a bunch of times.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Giants fined Nicks multiple times over the course of the 2013 season for being late to meetings and missing treatments for his various injuries. As Rapoport noted, plenty of players are guilty of the same things throughout the season. However, the Giants were frustrated by the antics during a contract year.

As a result of the disciplinary action and Nicks’ uninspiring play, the Giants are not expected to bring him back next season.

Nicks should have no problem finding work on the open market. When healthy, he’s one of the more explosive receivers in the game. Plenty of teams will be willing to assume the injury risk for the potential of having a legitimate outside threat in their passing game.

Brandon Myers explains tweets ripping Giants teammates

On Sunday, the New York Giants suffered one of their worst losses of what has been an abysmal season. Eli Manning threw five interceptions — that’s right, five — in a 23-0 blowout at home against the Seattle Seahawks. After the game, tight end Brandon Myers vented some of his frustrations on Twitter.

Brandon-Myers-GiantsFrom the sound of it, Myers was trying to keep spirits up during his team’s blowout loss. I’m just speculating, but one or more players may have not been in the mood for his positive attitude while they were getting dominated and watching their record dip to 5-9.

Myers later apologized for the rant, saying that he let his emotions get the best of him. On Monday, he insisted his angry tweets were not caused by a confrontation with a specific teammate.

“I’m just not good with words,” Myers said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the NY Daily News.

A little word of advice for Myers — if you’re not good with words, Twitter probably isn’t for you. That is especially true after another frustrating loss. Things can only get worse for New York over the final two weeks of the season.

Antrel Rolle: New York Giants need to blow someone’s a– out

Antrel RolleThe New York Giants are officially playing for pride. All of the teams in the NFC East have struggled through the early part of the season, but a team with an 0-6 record and the type of injuries across the offensive front that New York has typically doesn’t make the playoffs. Despite that, the Giants have a legitimate chance to grab their first win of the season against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.

Antrel Rolle still believes his team is capable of dominating an opponent. During his weekly interview with WFAN on Tuesday, the veteran defensive back said the G-Men need to stop trying to keep games close.

“This is my fourth year being a part of the Giants and what we do is we lead,” Rolle said, via the NY Daily News. “Let’s not let that be our mindset that we have to hang in there for dear life at the end of every game and make it so close.

“Go out there and you blow their ass out early. Put them in a panic mode. Put their backs up against the wall.”

I highly doubt it is New York’s attention to keep the score close. The biggest issue has been Eli Manning’s tendency to throw the ball to the opposition, which has put the Giants’ defense in compromising positions. Manning’s protection has also been horrendous.

“We’re capable of doing it as a team,” Rolle added. “We’re that dynamic as a team, despite what our record show, that we can go out there and blow teams out. And I know that we can. But like I say, talk is cheap. You’ve got to go out there and play the game.”

Rolle, who previously urged his teammates to get their heads out of their asses, was also asked if he agreed with teammate Terrell Thomas’ assertion that some people in the Giants locker room do not care about winning.

“I don’t know if guys don’t care,” Rolle said. “I know that there’s guys that show it and express it way more than others. That’s something that I’m certain of. Whether they care or not, they’re here, and they’re in this locker room and they’re part of this team. They should care.”

If the Giants want to salvage any type of dignity this season, they’ll have to care. Winning becomes even tougher when your playoff hopes disappear this early on.

Antrel Rolle thinks New York Giants can go 12-0

Antrel RolleThe New York Giants are 0-4 and look like a disaster, but Antrel Rolle hasn’t given up hope on the season. In fact, the Giants defensive back believes the team can turn it around by running the table.

Rolle spoke after Tom Coughlin during the team’s meeting on Monday, and that’s when he told his teammates he believed they could still go 12-4.

“I believe we can go 12-0 from this point on, I truly believe that,” Rolle said Monday, via the Star Ledger. “People may look at me like I’m crazy but I couldn’t really give a damn at this point. That’s what I believe. I know the talent of this team, I know the mindset of this team. We just have to go out there and put it all together.”

Although Rolle’s comments sound ridiculous to outsiders, I absolutely love them. When you’re in an 0-4 hole and had your potato pounded by a combined 69-7 in the last two games, it’s easy to give up and pack it in. But Rolle still has confidence, and that’s what it takes to turn it around. Are you going to tell me they can’t get on the board with a home win over Philly this weekend?

I don’t think the Giants are going to go anything better than 8-8 if they can even pull that off, but I won’t knock Rolle’s mentality. I think it’s admirable. And between Rolle’s comments and Justin Tuck’s, it’s clear the Giants aren’t giving up yet.

H/T LBS tipster David

Antrel Rolle rips New York Giants for unwillingness to fight for each other

Antrel RolleThe New York Giants suffered one of their most embarrassing losses in franchise history against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Eli Manning and company strung together just 150 total yards of offense en route to a 38-0 loss. Defensive back Antrel Rolle plans to do everything he can to make sure it ends there.

On Tuesday, the nine-year veteran said he “never” wants to know what a humiliating loss like that feels like again. He said he intends to be more aggressive on and off the field.

“That feeling that I felt last Sunday, I can never have that feeling again,” Rolle said, via the NY Daily News. “I’m gonna do whatever it takes, anything it takes. And whatever the outcome is, it is what it is.”

Rolle has always been one of the most outspoken players in the Giants locker room. He called teammates out a couple years back for not practicing through injuries and has guaranteed victory and said his team can’t be beat on many different occasions. This week, however, he was singing a different tune.

“From this point on, I don’t care what the situation may be, I don’t care what the outcome is,” Rolle said. “I don’t care what the hell has to happen. If they want to kick me up from around here, from the New York Giants, then that’s gonna be what has to happen. But I’m gonna play Antrel Rolle ball the way I know how to play Antrel Rolle ball, and I’m gonna lead the way I know how to lead.”

The former Miami Hurricane added that everyone has been getting along just fine in the locker room, but that none of that matters unless they show some fight on Sundays.

“I think we need to do some serious soul-searching within the locker room and try to understand and try to form an identity of who we’re gonna be, for one,” he said. “Do we still love to play this game? That’s No. 2. And third of all: Are we going to fight like hell to get out of the situation that we’re in?”

Unfortunately, the Giants may have already dug themselves into too deep of a hole. They’re off to an 0-3 start with a road game upcoming this week against the 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs, followed by a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles and another road contest against the Chicago Bears. A 1-5 start is a legitimate possibility for New York.

H/T LBS tipster David