Ereck Flowers Apologizes for Shoving ESPN Reporter Jordan Raanan in Locker Room

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 14: Ereck Flowers #76 of the New York Giants looks on during the second half of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 14, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers shoved ESPN reporter Jordan Raanan on Oct. 6 after being approached following the team's 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

According to an account by Dan Duggan of NJ Advance Media, Flowers was discussing the game with two other reporters when Raanan attempted to join the conversation. Flowers stopped his media session and had the following exchange with Raanan:

Flowers: "Hey, get out my face, man. Don't come over here."

When Raanan didn't move, Flowers moved his face close to the reporter's and asked, "You hear me?"

Raanan: "I'm just trying to do my job."

Flowers: "Go over there."

Raanan: "I'm just trying to do my job."

Flowers: "Get the (expletive) out of my face, bro.

Raanan: "I'm just trying to do my job."

Flowers then said, "Go over there, man," as he shoved Raanan.

The situation did not escalate from there. Raanan walked away from Flowers, who had turned away from reporters following the exchange. Giants head coach Ben McAdoo announced Nov. 7 that Flowers apologized for the incident and noted the team will discipline Flowers, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Raanan downplayed the events when responding to a tweet asking him about his well-being:

On Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the NFL determined Flowers did not violate the personal conduct policy during the incident.

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It's unclear what led to Flowers' unhappiness with Raanan. The reporter made multiple references to Flowers' struggles on his Twitter account during the game, but it's unclear if the second-year player would have had time to see them before meeting with the media. While working for NJ Advance Media, Raanan previously wrote about Flowers posting the worst Pro Football Focus grade among first-round rookies last December.

Flowers' failures to live up to expectations are no secret at Giants headquarters, with the former Miami star again struggling in pass protection this season. He has already committed four holding penalties in five games, per the Washington Post.

     

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