Giants head coach Ben McAdoo finally addressed his team regarding the indefinite suspension of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie three days later, waiting until before Friday’s walkthrough practice to fill them in on the situation, according to Jason Pierre-Paul.
“He addressed it,” Pierre-Paul said. “I’m pretty sure DRC and him will work it out and whatever happened, happened.”
At his Friday morning press conference, McAdoo explained that he was waiting for “the appropriate time” to fill in his players on their suspended teammate. He also said he would revisit Rodgers-Cromartie’s suspension at the beginning of next week, indicating that a timetable would be set then.
Pierre-Paul did not reveal any details of McAdoo’s speech, which was believed to be brief, but added that he expects Rodgers-Cromartie to be back with the team next week.
“I don’t even know what happened. I just don’t know what happened,” he said. “As far as I know, he’ll be back next week. It’s football, man. We’re going to roll the troops that we’ve got here and we’re going to win or lose the football game, depending on how much effort we give.”
When asked if he expects Rodgers-Cromartie to return next week because that is what McAdoo told them, he declined to answer any more questions on the suspended cornerback.
Meanwhile, McAdoo attempted to rationalize why he did not address his players immediately and instead, kept them in the dark for two straight days as they were peppered with questions about their suspended teammate.
“The timing of the matters played a factor,” McAdoo said. “When you want to speak and address an issue you want to make sure you have all the details.
It is puzzling that McAdoo would not have all the details until Friday when he actually spoke with Rodgers-Cromartie on Thursday morning and it was determined the suspension would be indefinite.
For the second consecutive day, McAdoo’s only comments about that conversation was that it was private, but did deny, to his knowledge, that Rodgers-Cromartie requested a trade.
The Giants head coach originally told Rodgers-Cromartie he would be inactive against Denver on Tuesday due to incidents stemming from last week’s loss to the Chargers and last Friday’s walkthrough practice.
Rodgers-Cromartie then left the team facility on Wednesday morning which resulted in the suspension.
Per ESPN, Rodgers-Cromartie felt a double standard was being enforced after McAdoo created a new rule resulting from Odell Beckham Jr.’s dog-peeing celebration that would discipline players who caused game day distractions with playing time.
McAdoo, however, refused to clarify if that was the case.
“We like to handle things in-house and treat them that way,” he said. “We don’t like to put people’s business out, and how we handle our disciplinary issues, out in the public. We don’t feel like that helps us as a football team. Holding guys accountable is important, but we need to handle that in-house as much as you possibly can. In this case, we didn’t feel that was an option.”