Giants Aware of Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones Allegedly Partying on Video

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2020

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands the ball off to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Green Bay Packers won 31-13. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
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The New York Giants acknowledged Saturday that they are aware of videos and photos showing quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley partying without masks that circulated on social media.

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the Giants released a statement saying: "We are aware of the video that was posted. We are looking into the nature and context of what is on the video."

The New York Post posted two of the photos and noted that a DJ who was with them said they were taken last year:

New York Post Sports @nypostsports

Maskless Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones bar photo was from last year, DJ claims https://t.co/XR9V6KXD39 https://t.co/JxEhZSyfuY

Per Vacchiano, the photos and videos were from Friday night. A source told him that Jones and some teammates had dinner in private room at a restaurant in New York City before getting invited to have a drink at a bar that is closed to the public.

Jones and the Giants played Thursday night against the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles. Jones nearly led New York to an upset win with 187 passing yards and two touchdowns plus 92 rushing yards, but the Eagles came from behind to win 22-21.

In his second NFL season, the 2019 first-round pick out of Duke has passed for 1,410 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions while also rushing for 296 yards.

Barkley suffered a torn ACL in the second game of the season, and NFL reporter Andrea Kremer reported Friday that he is set to undergo ACL reconstruction surgery next week.

Barkley was the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons. Prior to getting injured in Week 2, Barkley rushed for 34 yards on 19 carries and caught six passes for 60 yards.

With Barkley missing most of the season and Jones largely struggling, the Giants are off to a 1-6 start, which puts them in last place in the NFC East.

The Giants are not scheduled to play again until Nov. 2 when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football.

It is currently unclear if Jones or any of the other players who were reportedly out partying on Friday night could be in jeopardy of missing that game.

Teams found to be breaking COVID-19 protocol are subject to fines and other potential punishments by the NFL, which means the Giants could possibly face some discipline if it is confirmed that Jones and Barkley were partying without masks Friday.