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Cell phone on Giants sideline didn’t violate the rules

Twelve days ago, the Giants committed a brazen and blatant violation of the in-game communications rules when coach Ben McAdoo used a walkie-talkie to relay plays to quarterback Eli Manning. On Thursday night, the Giants appeared to commit a separate violation of the rules.

They didn’t. In response to a photo making the rounds of someone in Giants gear holding a cell phone during the loss at Philadelphia, the NFL tells PFT that the use of the device was permitted.

It was permitted because the person using it was Ronnie Barnes, the team’s Senior Vice President, Medical Services and Head Athletic trainer.

Here’s the rule: “Team doctors and members of the athletic training staff are permitted to use tablet devices, cell phones, smart phones, or similar devices within the bench area and locker room to communicate player injury information, but may not communicate competitive or strategic information.”

Bottom line? There will be no further involuntary contributions to the Human Fund from the Giants. At least not for Barnes having and using his phone.

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23 Responses to “Cell phone on Giants sideline didn’t violate the rules”
  1. joetoronto says: Dec 23, 2016 10:08 AM

    I used to have one of those brick phones in the early 90’s, you were carrying a weapon too along with a phone. 🙂

  2. pwellz says: Dec 23, 2016 10:12 AM

    Shame, they could use that money for people.

  3. deuce2222 says: Dec 23, 2016 10:18 AM

    Shame. This would have made a really great story….

  4. factschecker says: Dec 23, 2016 10:20 AM

    “Barnes ain’t meant to die. The only thing that can kill Barnes is Barnes”

  5. 345snarkavenue says: Dec 23, 2016 10:36 AM

    good thing….it might have been difficult for the medical/training staff to get away with using the ‘wristband’ excuse.

  6. biteitlikeraffa says: Dec 23, 2016 10:39 AM

    Mara’s team can do no wrong, didn’t you know that? Jolly Roger does. Even Jerry sucks hind tit when Mara’s interests are threatened.

  7. deuce2222 says: Dec 23, 2016 10:44 AM

    ^ nobody cares what this idiot thinks………

  8. mmack66 says: Dec 23, 2016 10:44 AM

    Senior VP and Head Athletic Trainer? How convenient.

    Looks like the Giants found a way to skirt the rules once again.

  9. justafanofnfl says: Dec 23, 2016 10:44 AM

    So the league just assumed he was talking about injury info and not competitive strategy.

    It must be nice to be the Giants and just receive the benefit of the doubt less than a week from being caught blatantly cheating.

  10. streetyson says: Dec 23, 2016 10:59 AM

    Had a player just been injured? If not then I’m sure Goofdell will insist on having the phone in the interests of integrity…

  11. 6ball says: Dec 23, 2016 11:00 AM

    Bill Belichick MD.

  12. spotsdad says: Dec 23, 2016 11:09 AM

    Wouldn’t put it past The Cheat Men to employ these devices as and end around for more cheating. ( see what I did there?)

  13. vikingsdefineaverage says: Dec 23, 2016 11:12 AM

    Wouldn’t the NFL need phone records to determine this, or does Mara just get another pass?

  14. Irsay's Bong says: Dec 23, 2016 11:14 AM

    I hate the G-men and would love this to be a story, but sometimes there is no fire under the smoke.

  15. robf2010 says: Dec 23, 2016 11:31 AM

    What difference does it make? The Giants are exempt from the rules.

  16. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 23, 2016 11:40 AM

    When seen handing off his phone to Ben McAdoo it was explained that McAdoo has recently attained his MD and that Eli had a “pain” that had to be discussed.

  17. PFT loves the Steelers says: Dec 23, 2016 11:47 AM

    If you take how the NFL treats teams like the Giants, Steelers, etc and compare it to how the NFL treats outcasts like the Lions, Bengals, Raiders, etc, I think you’ll find the answer om why so many are not watching anymore. The officiating is biased and the way they cover controversies is extremely biased. If Burfict were a Steeler, he’d just be a gritty hard nosed football player…like Mike Mitchell, Shazier, Pouncey, Wallace etc all are. Heck, they won’t even mention – let alone fine – the Steeler player that stomped on Burfict last week. Guess he just had it coming, eh. Nevermind fairness.

  18. youknowiknowitall says: Dec 23, 2016 11:54 AM

    Cell phone on Giants sideline didn’t violate the rules
    It wouldn’t matter to NFL HQ if it did. “Nothing to see here, folks.”

  19. rowech44 says: Dec 23, 2016 11:55 AM

    It is amazing how quickly the NFL jumps to defend the Giants on any potential controversy… Needles on the sidelines to check opponents football – no worries, walkie talkies red-handed caught on TV (we’ll just move your non-important 4th pick a couple slots (we’ll all just say it was a big misunderstanding…), cell phones on sidelines (uh, they’re only being used for medical reasons…), wife beating kicker – he gets a game off, etc etc etc…

    integrity of the league shamefully compromised at the highest levels…

  20. throwingstones20 says: Dec 23, 2016 12:17 PM

    Did the doctor turn over his cell phone to Roger so they could see who he was calling. or did we just ASSUME it was his wife asking him to pick up milk on his way home.

  21. marmac2768 says: Dec 23, 2016 12:20 PM

    “In response to a photo making the rounds of someone in Giants gear holding a cell phone during the loss at Philadelphia,”


    I didn’t know Mark-Paul Gosselaar played for the Giants!!

  22. j0esixpack says: Dec 23, 2016 12:34 PM

    Still can’t believe the Mara and the Giants got such a slap on the wrist for using walkie talkies

    The Cowboys simply couldn’t communicate and scored 3 points

    The Giants decided to break the rules and use walkie talkies and scored a pretty pathetic 16

    Who knows if the Cowboys could have put up more points by being able to communicate.

    The Giants knew full well that if the com system goes down for one team it’s completely unfair for another team to be able to communicate – but gave the middle finger to all NFL fans who expect this sport is “fair” and not a new WWE

    If the NFL is going to be blatantly fixed like this can we at least fire Goodell and get Vince McMahon in as Commissioner?

  23. bostonceltics says: Dec 23, 2016 12:45 PM

    Do we know for certain that the MD was not involved in relaying plays from the HC to the OC to the QB?
    Just saying any team that would use a Walki -Talki ,test the PSI and try and bury a bad guy under the noses of Park ave is not above reproach .After all do we not need to see the text and call log .
    Not that we know anything concrete -just saying .

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