Osi Umenyiora’s departure from the Giants practice facility on Monday was met with confusion. Luckily for the Giants, the situation was resolved before confusion turned into panic and misguided speculation.
As has become the trend for the Giants, internal adversity has once again been conquered by the strong principles and continuity within the Giants organization. Success and stability all starts from the top, and the Giants proved that true the past two days.
Can you imagine if DeMarcus Ware burst out of the Cowboys facilities unexcused as Umenyiora did? Flocks of media would stampede into the Fort Worth area to catch the scoop. Why? Because turmoil within the Cowboys organization typically is followed by even more juicy info.
This does not hold true for the Giants. And the media understands that, as Umenyiora’s disappearance surprisingly garnered a ho-hum response from outlets around the nation. Sure enough, Umenyiora apologized mere hours after the incident in a statement, and on Tuesday officially put the final dagger in the coffin regarding the issue. Time to move on.
The culmination of this situation is certainly a testament to the Giants. Tom Coughlin clearly wasn’t pleased as he has many other aspects of the team to worry about, but he responded with patience and confidence that Umenyiora would reconcile everything. And Umenyiora proved his coach right.
The disciplinarian continued to defend his star defensive end today, implying that everything is resolved and they are prepared to look forward, as should everyone else.
“We had an opportunity to say what needed to be said,” the coach said. “He was very good about it. He was humble. He indicated he knew he was wrong. He apologized. We had some thoughts exchanged about going forward...I just think he got emotional. And he did something he wished he didn’t do. But he did.”
Umenyiora also clarified that he has no issue with first-year defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan. They have worked together for six years, and Umenyiora categorized this incident as a simple “disagreement.”
It was so stupid and trivial for me to do that," Umenyiora said during a session with reporters after practice on Tuesday. "Sometimes when you get emotional, things happen like that. Everything's okay...The issue was so trivial. It was nothing that should have escalated to that point. I was the one who made it go that route. I was happy the way everything got resolved."
Now, thanks to the steadiness that the Giants organization is renowned for, it is once again time to focus on the receiver issues, injury problems, and the final pre-season game against the Patriots.