It seems it’s Jason Pierre-Paul’s world as he decides when to report to the New York Giants and how much time he needs before reporting.
Suffering an amputated index finger and a broken thumb (among other injuries) during a fireworks mishap, Pierre-Paul destroyed any chance he had of a long-term extension with Jerry Reese, not to mention the possibility of his football abilities never matching his former 2011-self which saw the All-Pro dominate to the tune of 16.5 sacks.
That was then and this is now.
Pierre-Paul messed himself up and basically hid for two months. No Giants personnel traveling to Florida to meet with their employee could force Pierre-Paul to come out of hiding.
Until now. According to Josina Anderson of ESPN the football player formerly or currently known as JPP will report to the Giants and take a physical on Monday.
He arrives just in the nick of time. Only six days prior to the Giants opening up the 2015 regular season against the Dallas Cowboys under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football on NBC.
What in the world was this man thinking?
Granted, it’s an embarrassing thing to have this happen. Nobody, especially a professional athlete, wants to suffer such a devastating injury while entertaining his family on an American Holiday. And an injury is one thing. This was an amputation. Something that will change his life forever, NFL player or not.
Having mentioned that, those emotions don’t warrant his immature and classless behavior of not allowing his employer to meet with their employee. An employee who was looked at as a key cog of the 2015 defense.
When asked if JPP might play in the season opener, head coach Tom Coughlin had very little to say.
“I’m not saying anything,” Coughlin said. “Maybe he comes in and he’s in great shape and the doctors clear him right away and he practices two days and goes and plays. I don’t know. I am not sure about any of that. But I am not going to rule that out either.”
Regardless of individual workouts and any possible secret motivation, reporting after training camp and right before their first game of the regular season is inexcusable. Portraying a characteristic of somebody who just doesn’t get it.
Instead of facing the music and allowing the greater good infiltrate your life in a positive manner, he isolated himself for entirely too long and reports to the squad at the last possible moment.
Not a good look for Jason Pierre-Paul.
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