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Giants Cut Jenkins Over Retard Remark

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The New York Football Giants are one of the only teams in the National Football League that has any morals and/or values. While the league has been turning into a home for disrespectful and criminal behavior, at least the G-Men have been weeding out the dirt, even if they should have never brought that type of player on board in the first place and the latest example is cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

The eight-year veteran’s latest act of embarrassment was actually in fact the least of his transgressions that go all the way back to 2009 while he was at the University of Florida. On December 11, he used the word ‘retard’ in a Twitter post reply to someone who chided Jenkins’s stat boasting and the team’s lack of success. (See below embedded Twitter post.)

Jenkins tried to justify it to reporters by saying that word is “part of his culture” and it was “slang” and something that he calls “his homies.” While that may be true, society as a whole today has become too sensitive and black people are far from the only ones who say the word ‘retard’ in a derogatory way and akin to ‘stupid’ or ‘dumb.’ It’s certainly not something that a professional athlete should lose his job over, but hopefully the Giants just used this as the last straw to rid themselves of a player who has had numerous off-the-field problems.

In  his second season as a Gator in 2009, Jenkins needed to be tased by a Gainsville police officer after punching a man in the head at 2AM near a local bar. He was arrested and later explained that he was under the impression that someone was trying to steal his gold chain. Two years later, Jenkins was arrested twice for marijuana possession and was dismissed from the team for two violations in a three-month period. He transferred to the University of North Alabama as a senior. Even with all of the red flags, the then-St. Louis Rams drafted Jenkins in the second round (39th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

He performed very well for the Rams and cashed that in for a five-year, $62.5 million free agent deal with the Giants in 2016. Jenkins continued to play at a high level and earned Pro Bowl honors in his inaugural campaign in New Jersey. But, predictably, trouble would follow him. Two years later, someone identified as a family friend who was residing with Jenkins was found dead in his basement and his brother William  – who fled the state – was the prime suspect. The case was deemed a homicide and William Jenkins  – who also resided at the same location – was later picked up in New York on an unrelated warrant and was subsequently indicted for manslaughter.


Janoris Jenkins was not charged with any crime, but these issues are the type that the Giants organization wishes to rid themselves of – negative attention that can become a distraction. A few examples are Plaxico Burress and Odell Beckham, Jr.

“This was an organizational decision,” coach Pat Shurmur said to reporters. “From ownership to management to our football operations, we felt it was in the best interests of the franchise and the player. Obviously, what happened this week, and the refusal to acknowledge the inappropriate and offensive language, was the determining factor.”

There are plenty of players who have no business representing a sports team and league who continue to behave improperly on and off the field. But that is the culture that commissioner Roger Goodell has created and at least one team can hold its head up high knowing that it will not tolerate any nonsense.

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