Janoris Jenkins is no longer a member of the New York Giants.
The Giants waived Jenkins on Thursday after he called a fan a “retard” on Twitter and then followed up the use of the derogatory term with an empty apology where he admitted to not thinking an apology was necessary. After he was cut, Jenkins went on Twitter again, saying his release was the “best news ever.”
Maggie Gray and Bart Scott discussed the situation at length on Friday on their afternoon show on WFAN. Gray approves of the message being sent by releasing Jenkins, but thinks the Giants are only doing it because it’s “convenient,” as she says they would have likely gotten rid of Jenkins in the offseason anyway.
“The Giants made a very convenient decision,” said Gray. “They’re preaching that they want this great culture, but I think they don’t really understand how to go about getting it. This move with Janoris Jenkins was convenient for them. The two were likely headed for a divorce anyway, and now they feel like they can try to make an example, but I don’t think they realize, this doesn’t automatically mean you have a good culture. You have to build it, and then guys will fall in line.”
This wasn’t the first time the Giants have had issues with Jenkins. In 2018, he used the same term on Instagram. The tweet that cost him his spot on the team was made while the rest of his teammates were practicing.
Jenkins had one more year left after this season on the five-year, $62.5 million contract he signed in March 2016, and he might have been a salary-cap casualty this offseason anyway. His release will create $11.25 million in cap savings for the Giants, although they'll have to eat $3.5 million in dead money.
“Janoris Jenkins shouldn’t be a leader in your locker room," she said. "You should have better guys in there … there’s nothing about Jenkins, in terms of him being suspended because he was late coming back from a bye week, from him being openly critical of the team, there’s nothing about him that would lead me to believe that he would actually be a good leader. The Giants, to me, are devoid of good leadership.”
Scott viewed the entire situation as another example of the bad culture that exists on Shurmur’s 2-11 team.
“The Giants have been cleaning their locker room up for two years, actually three," he said. "What the Giants have to realize is the reason your culture is bad, is because you don’t win. When you don’t win, it’s hard to hold people accountable, because if we all get on board, we still aren’t getting the results.”