HairOnFire Posted July 14, 2009 Report Share Posted July 14, 2009 The New York Giants: The Cincinnati Bengals of the futureby Jessica Isner, July 13, 2009 – 8:58 pmThere’s a sizable number of NFL teams that seem to be abundantly flowing with character issues over the past few years. (The Cincinnati Bengals, for instance, come to mind.)But the Bengals were so 2007. The Giants seem to have taken their place.No, Tom Coughlin’s crew hasn’t embarked upon a record-setting slew of arrests while completely and utterly failing to perform on the field. But lately, the Giants are making big news for big, bad reasons.The Plaxico Burress saga is months old at this point, although it’s still just as worrisome as it was last November. One of the faces of the franchise — the guy who hauled in the winning touchdown in what was one of the greatest Super Bowl upsets of all time — faced a suspension for accidentally shooting himself with a gun he happened to be toting during a night out on the New York club scene. Now, he may not play in 2009, but the jury’s still out.Meanwhile, while he and Roger Goodell deal with the immediate future, another Giant goes and gets himself suspended for domestic abuse.Granted, this case is a little bit different because the Giants were fully aware of a domestic battery charge levied against Michael Boley when they signed him in May. But still — getting slapped with a one-game suspension before you’ve even played your first game for a new team is quite a way to make a first impression. The linebacker allegedly threw his wife Chantelle into a wall and a kitchen cabinet during a fight.What’s even more troublesome is the fact that Giants general manager Jerry Reese seems to be brushing off the incident, telling ESPN.com that it was an issue that “harmed the reputation of a pretty good [person].”Isolated incident, maybe. But something that should be dismissed and accompanied by a glowing character assessment? Really? Just because the guy has done some charity work?Everyone raved about Goodell’s response to Donte’ Stallworth’s drunk driving homicide. They said the commish took a stand where one was needed and, as a result, strengthened the character of the entire league.So here’s a question: What does this say about the character of the Giants? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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