Now unemployed, Janoris Jenkins becomes contrite over his use of an offensive term

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Before the Giants released cornerback Janoris Jenkins, he was unapologetic to the point of defiant regarding the use of an offensive term when interacting with a Twitter critic. Now that Jenkins needs one of the other 31 teams to claim his contract on waivers, he’s singing a different tune.

Appearing on the TMZ Sports TV show, Jenkins tried to erase the perception/reality that he had no qualms about using the word, and that he’d do so again.

“You just admit to it,” Jenkins said. “Admit that you did wrong, which I did.”

But he didn’t, at least not immediately. He said what he had to say to Giants coach Pat Shurmur, and then Jenkins seemed to make it clear that he’d use the word again, if he saw fit.

[A]t the end of the day it’s my slang,” Jenkins told reporters on Thursday. “So if you take it how you’re going to take it, it’s on you. I don’t mean to offend nobody. My dad always told me, ‘Speak freely and own up to what you say.’ So I always speak freely as a man and I speak how I want to speak.”

Now, he’s using different buzz words to try to rebuild his career.

“It’s always a learning moment,” he said. “Everybody’s going to learn from different situations . . . move forward and learn.”

“Move forward” is the key. It will be hard for him to move forward to a new team if the new team believes he’ll do the same thing again, creating an unwanted distraction and forcing the team to abruptly release him, like the Giants did.

Jenkins’ contract is subject to waivers, with a claiming deadline of Monday at 4:00 p.m. ET.

38 responses to “Now unemployed, Janoris Jenkins becomes contrite over his use of an offensive term

  1. This guy has always had something following him because of his own stupidity. He’s now a fully grown man and no longer a punk kid out of college. If I’m a GM, I let this guy sit at home where he belongs.

  2. I’ve worked with many people with Downs Syndrome, what he said is highly offensive and painful for them, the equivalent of the Nword to when you have Downs Syndrome.

  3. Desperation makes a stinky cologne. Amazing how the unemployment line and government cheese will make you change your tune.

  4. He’s no longer worth the money. He has flat out been poor this year and last. Giants were more than happy to dump his oversized contract. Thanks for the excuse, Jenkins, now move on and stink up someone else’s defense.

  5. Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. Guess that’s just another lie we tell our kids.

  6. He’s canceled.

    Had a chance to apologize and didnt. What NFL team in today’s culture wants to take that PR hit in the media for a declining player?

    None.

  7. It was more than one incident and his apology was considered by some to be half hearted.

    Janoris Jenkins received only a slap on the wrist for criticizing his pass-rushing teammates in Week 2 and was allowed to revise history earlier this month after he called out defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s play-calling.

    But the final straw snapped on Jenkins’ two half-hearted apologies and an attempt, in front of the media Thursday, to defend calling a fan a “r*****” on social media. It came after coach Pat Shurmur told him in no uncertain terms the organization considered such language to be inappropriate and offensive.

  8. How hard is it to just keep your head down and perform your duties to the best of your ability per the contract you signed? Millions and millions of dollars are at stake. You can’t play forever. It’s fine to not be happy with your contract or the way you are being used by your team, but what you do is find a new team when your contract is done. This nonsense where you blow up the place on your way out just doesn’t seem to be working so well.

  9. I do not agree with his name-calling a fan on twitter. But, I also believe in 1A. Who among us has not said something they later regret? For whatever reason.

    The PC police and cancel culture are a very dangerous trend in this country. Words are weapons? Only for the weak minded.

  10. Happiness is never saying you’re sorry.

    Apologizing is a sign of weakness.

    The correct word to use is “genius” even though it can mean the same thing.

  11. This is still a thing? He said a word. He is for the time being still allowed to say what he chooses in this Country. He said a word, the weak minded got triggered and his weak minded and weak skilled HC cut him. Time to move on to the next thing to be triggered and outrahed over.

  12. People are too sensitive these days… If my Mom & Dad were still alive, they’re say “Get over it and move on with your life” to these folks.

  13. pilotronics says:
    December 14, 2019 at 11:33 am
    I do not agree with his name-calling a fan on twitter. But, I also believe in 1A. Who among us has not said something they later regret? For whatever reason.

    The PC police and cancel culture are a very dangerous trend in this country. Words are weapons? Only for the weak minded.
    ———————–
    We all have, but some (like Janoris Jenkins) don’t regret it (well, he does NOW, but not because he truly regrets it – only because he’s out of a job) – and that’s the difference.

  14. And the whiners are right out on cue. Everyone has a special needs family member, friend, or saw one once while antiquing in wine country, so they are hurt by what he said. Who cares? Amazing how many people want someone who said something stupid to be fired from their jobs and ostracized from society. These people don’t want apologies, because when they get them, they scream the apology didn’t come fast enough. Spare us.

  15. All he had to do was apologize and realize he shouldn’t have used that word but true to his character he refused to admit he made a poor decision and even justified it and said he’d use it again. That tells you what kind of person he is. He’s only sorry now because he wants someone to sign him so he doesn’t lose his $10M paycheck next year. So in essence, his refusal to admit he made a mistake was costly–a $10M mistake. Trouble has followed htis guy everywhere so why should anyone be surprised. I wonder if he’ll want people to feel sorry for him when he’s broke in two years.

  16. Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.

    That stopped being applicable a long time ago, unfortunately. We didn’t used to care who was offended. Now, we let them make our standards.

  17. He made a mistake and took an arrogant approach in refusing to recant or apologize. Clearly someone (possibly his agent or someone close to him) got his ear and he has now accepted that it is wrong. I think that is forgivable. Someone will sign this guy as soon as he clears waivers

  18. Hypocrisy is alive and well in the NFL and among the news outlets that cover it. So now you’re all in the well adjusted young men business. Good for you. I’m not interested.

  19. While do agree that people are just a little too sensitive, I can also think of a few words that if they were said to Mr. Jenkins he would be up in arms and demanding an apology and people be fired. Kinda having a hard time feeling sorry for him.

  20. Just another example of how our society is going down the tubes. The man gets his livelihood taken away for telling someone dont be a retard. Are you friggin kidding me ? Keep giving your kids participation trophys instead of teaching them to work harder and try and get better. Thats why they all sit on xbox all day instead of being outside playing and kicking the crap out of each other to toughen up. If this offends anyone you can always go to a saferoom and per puppies. Good luck janoris. Hope you land on a contending team now and get the last laugh from the joke of an organization called the ny giants

  21. He accomplished his mission, which was to get off of the Giants.

    And the Giants get to pretend they released him because of his tweets, which we all know is/was not the case.

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