Giants cut Janoris Jenkins

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Cornerback Janoris Jenkins landed in hot water this week for tweeting an offensive term for people with intellectual disabilities at someone on Twitter and then trying to defend his use of it as “slang” from where he grew up.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur had different words for the term. He called it “very inappropriate and offensive” on Thursday and Jenkins’s unwillingness to apologize for using it was the impetus for the Giants to part ways with Jenkins for good.

The Giants announced on Friday that they have waived Jenkins with an injury designation. He has been out of practice this week and is listed with an ankle injury, but has not missed any games.

“Obviously, what happened this week, and the refusal to acknowledge the inappropriate and offensive language, was the determining factor,” Shurmur said at his Friday press conference.

The news was not met with sadness from Jenkins.

Jenkins will go through waivers and can be claimed by any of the league’s other 31 teams. Jenkins is under contract for next season, but has no guaranteed money left on his deal. If he’s not claimed, he’ll become a free agent.

74 responses to “Giants cut Janoris Jenkins

  1. He would’ve been better off just apologizing and not justifying the use of the “r” word. Slurs are slurs and I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t be okay with someone calling him the “n” word because they grew up around people using it.

  2. He was gone next season anyway. More time for the younger guys to get playing time. But he
    is still a better than avg cover guy, when he wanted to be.

  3. Yeah, good call by the Giants here. I grew up in a pretty rough area, and we used certain words too. Once I became a teenager I slowly started to lose those words. They are offensive and if you can’t see that as an adult, then you are going to suffer the consequences of using those words. In addition, you are a professional ( I use the term loosely with him) you need to be aware of whats around you. Use those words if you choose/really must to in your neighborhood, but don’t use them at a workplace. It’s maturity and class, which he has very little it seems.

  4. guy is a turnstyle…thanks for that one good season you gave us 3 or 4 years ago…sure he has a few interceptions this year but if you watched the games like I have the ints were more of him being right place right time, it defiantly wasn’t because he was locking guys down… kick rocks homie

  5. Though the franchise should expect better behavior from its players, this is pretty severe.

    I think every franchise should have a social media policy and guideline in place. If a draftee doesn’t like it, they should inform that team’s scouting department. I hate social media, and want nothing to do with Facebook, twitter, instagram, or all the other attention-seeking “Look at Me!” social apps. But as much as I hate social media, it is here to stay, and teams had best find ways to moderate how players interact with it, or avoid those players who like AB or Jenkins, want to do their own thing.

  6. Well played Jenkins….you tweeted on purpose to offend the Giants …which led to you being cut and then probably getting picked up by a team GOING to the playoffs….well played. I’m sure in your heart of hearts you meant nothing. It was all strategic.

  7. Wow Shurmur and Gettleman, way to get rid of your best secondary player because “words hurt” I can’t wait till all of these clowns are fired. Going “woke” or PC ain’t going to save you

  8. I respect him more for standing behind what he said and not apologizing than when celebs and others put out cowardly and incomplete apologies “… to anyone that I offended.”

    Though he’s still not a very good corner.

  9. Someone will pick him up but only after he agrees to apologize for his comment. Which makes the whole thing even more ridiculous. But injuries make him a valuable piece to some crap defense like Houston. The apology to come before the signing will be just as offensive as the original comment

  10. rodgerstonelson says:
    December 13, 2019 at 10:23 am
    Patriots are on line one.
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    Not unless he has undiscovered talent at fullback. Blocking help is the need, New England already has better corners than Jenkins at the bottom of their depth chart.

  11. That response seems a bit severe. It will be interesting to see if he passes through waivers without being picked up.

  12. rodgerstonelson says:

    December 13, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Patriots are on line one

    Why? Cornerback play is the only thing they do well these days. No sense bringing in a knucklehead when you don’t need one.

  13. He had one year and $11M left on this contract. No way they were paying him that money next season. Seems to me they were trending in this position regardless and this tweet just gave them a reason to do it now.

  14. BereaBrowns says:
    December 13, 2019 at 10:36 am
    Saw Janoris on the train this morning heading north out of NY.

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    Going to Canada?

  15. “What a soft society we have become.”

    I’ve worked with a lot of people with Downs Syndrome, that is the equivalent of the Nword for them and very painful for them to deal with. It has nothing to do with being soft.

  16. Hell, if that’s the worst thing the guy has done, I’d happily see him wearing green and gold for the Packers for help in a playoff push. They need more experience in the secondary. Just tell the guy to issue an apology and say he’ll be more sensitive in the future, and poof, all will be forgiven.

  17. Joe to say he was the giants best secondary player is laugh out loud funny. Thanks for the laugh this AM

  18. His excuse showed the entire league how immature he remains. You can’t use “the hood” as a reason why you haven’t grown up yet at age 31. If you genuinely believe that as a millionaire pro athlete, you can still act like you did at 15, then this is what will happen to you.

  19. so they didn’t trade him for a late pick, now cut him? chief fan here…he’s prob better than one of our CBs. Take a flyer if he gets free.

  20. war27 says:

    What a soft society we have become.
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    My nephew is a person with disabilities. My wife is a Special Educator.
    I don’t believe society has become soft by stopping an offensive term from being accepted.
    This isn’t a ticky-tack word that should only offend “some people”. Unless you use this term yourself, you shouldn’t speak to such things. (And if you use this term, you should be ashamed).

  21. My son who passed away also had disabilities but I don’t take the time to police words to other adults. I don’t find it offensive or could care less if other people use it. It doesn’t mean you’re disparaging a special needs kid or person or even their family.

    My nephew is a person with disabilities. My wife is a Special Educator.
    I don’t believe society has become soft by stopping an offensive term from being accepted.
    This isn’t a ticky-tack word that should only offend “some people”. Unless you use this term yourself, you shouldn’t speak to such things. (And if you use this term, you should be ashamed).

  22. Kudos to the Giants for cutting this guy. His refusal to admit he shouldn’t have said it shows how clueless he is. I’m sure some team like the Redskins will sign him….or the Patriots. Neither of those teams care about character.

  23. war27 says:
    December 13, 2019 at 10:31 am
    What a soft society we have become.
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    Yeah it was much better in the old days when we put labels on people. Come out of your cave.

  24. They were doomed when they used the #2 pick on a running back. He is/was supremely talented, but huge overreach so high in this era. Look at all the later round/free agent runners who are very, very effective (e.g., Carson, Breida, Mostert, Kamara, Jones, Mack). Even Henry was a 2nd round pick, as was Chubb. They had so many more needs but went with glitz over long-term value.

  25. If saying specific words have become so bad that people can lose their jobs because of it, well then we might as well do what China is doing and having a “society” rating. Come ON! This is America, like the “words” or not, they are just damn words.

    Freedom of Speech.

  26. Janoris is not the bad guy here. He told a detractor what he thought of his comments. He did not insult any less fortunate person. Ironically it is the SJW’s that jumped in and tied what he said to the less fortunate among us. They are the ones that showed disrespect. Hence force less fortunate among us should be used to differentiate those people from others that have issues. Change all of the signs to read less fortunate parking space and less fortunate accessible and we should be good from here on out.

  27. Like others have already said, Jenkins getting cut really isnt a big story. He wasnt going to be a Giants next year and this season has BEEN over. If anything, the Giants actually did him a big favor as its very likely that he’ll be on a playoff bound team within a couple of days.

    Jenkins was darned good his first year here but that was really about it. He was expected to be a leader for the Giants secondary for the last couple of years but he really wasnt…JJ simply isnt that sort of player/person.

  28. I worked in a special education school for years. That word is NOT okay,and words DO hurt,especially that one. It’s very sad to see a student cry because someone called them the R-word.

  29. Jenkins has had a couple of instances this year already with public comments about the organization and coaching.
    While he has the right to say anything he wants it also came out after the fact he never approached his coaches first to try and resolve any of his issues.
    This latest fracas was just icing on the cake and another headache the front office didn’t want to deal with anymore.
    Whether he was forcing his way out purposefully or was to ignorant to believe he wasn’t going to get cut we’ll never know but he really left the FO no options.
    He had become a detriment to trying to hold a locker room together that is probably extremely fragile considering the losing streak they are on.

  30. whocares69 says:

    December 13, 2019 at 11:55 am

    If saying specific words have become so bad that people can lose their jobs because of it, well then we might as well do what China is doing and having a “society” rating. Come ON! This is America, like the “words” or not, they are just damn words.

    Freedom of Speech.
    ————-
    And another person who doesnt understand what freedom of speech actually is. He is not being persecuted by the government. Freedom of speech doesnt not mean your free to spew hate speech or to say whatever you want without repercussions.

  31. whocares69 says:
    Freedom of Speech.
    ==

    My friend, my advice to you is to go back to junior high, and this time stay awake. You just might learn what Freedom of Speech really means — and more importantly, what it doesn’t.

  32. war27 says:

    December 13, 2019 at 10:31 am

    What a soft society we have become.
    ———–—————–
    So it’s a soft society because it’s not affecting you so you dont care about the word? I bet Jenkins and you would have an issue if it was an insult or “slang” about skin color. Derogatory terms like people who use them have no place in society.

  33. war27 says:
    December 13, 2019 at 10:31 am
    What a soft society we have become
    ******************
    This word is defamatory and offensive to people with intellectual disabilities. It’s used to insult a person by comparing them to a disabled person. It hurts people who are disabled. It makes them feel inferior. Instead of defending the word and calling society “soft” maybe ask yourself why you feel its ok to make that population feel bad. Why doesn’t an intellectually disabled person deserve to be treated with respect? Instead of using their condition as a punchline, maybe we can just agree that the word is offensive to our most vulnerable population. Instead of hurting them, lets stand up for them.

  34. harrisonhits2 says:
    December 13, 2019 at 11:10 am
    “What a soft society we have become.”

    I’ve worked with a lot of people with Downs Syndrome, that is the equivalent of the Nword for them and very painful for them to deal with. It has nothing to do with being soft.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    Thank you. It’s something many many kids grew up saying, but as we matured and realized that those words can hurt some of the most amazing people, we stopped saying it. A Harvard-based study has discovered that people with Down Syndrome, as well as their parents and siblings, are happier than society at large. They bring an incredible amount of happiness to the lives they touch and they deserve respect.

  35. For a nonjudgmental response for Mr. Jenkins and for some of these respondents I would encourage you to go to youtube and lookup a young man by the name of Soeren Palumbo and listen to what he had to say in high school regarding this matter and what he has to say now. He currently is an attorney and is the Vice President, Global Youth Engagement at Special Olympics International. It will be well worth your time and you will be glad you took the time.

  36. Might not be a popular move, but Janoris would immediately be better than all the Lion’s DBs not named Slay. He could easily start for Detroit.

  37. Who gets to determine which words are offensive?

    At my company they don’t want the word master used. I kid you not, they say to use “work of Art” rather than Masterpiece.

    This accomplishes nothing.

  38. “This accomplishes nothing.”
    =========

    Au contrare. You should read Orwell’s ‘1984’ before it’s banned and burned.

  39. He was cut because he was gonna get cut in off-season anyway and this gives the giants some good PR. The team that intentionally lied to protect a kicker who beat his wife. This isn’t rocket science.

  40. After all the dust settles any Giant fan can tell you that his play the last couple years has been close to atrocious. He can’t press and has lost at least one step. Too small to be a safety, too slow to cover #1 receivers. Too high a salary to keep around. “Jackrabbit” is now more of a “Slackrabbit”. Yup, he’s lazy also.

  41. Kudos to the Giants for cutting this guy. His refusal to admit he shouldn’t have said it shows how clueless he is. I’m sure some team like the Redskins will sign him….or the Patriots. Neither of those teams care about character.
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    Said the team lead by a guy who faked memorabilia!

  42. My problem with him is his lack of understanding that the slang in the “hood,” when presented in a public venue, can be hurtful to so many. Just as It isn’t excused nor allowed for bigoted statements made public by those who grew up in bigoted environments. I believe His intention to slam one person was truly aimed at that one person. I take his explanation into consideration and while I think he could better apologize, I accept it as an apology.

    Regarding his waiver, I would expect him to be picked up by a team needing help right now, in the playoff hunt. I don’t think he clears waivers.

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