New lawsuit claims Giants had culture of violence and intimidation in organization

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Football is a game fundamentally premised on violence. A former employee of the New York Giants claims that the violence spilled over from the field into other areas of the organization.

Via Chris Dolmetsch of, the team’s former video director alleges in a new lawsuit that he was fired for complaining about an assault committed against a coworker. David Maltese, in a civil complaint filed Thursday, contends that the assault that he reported internally “was just a recent example of a pervasive and continuing pattern and culture of violence in the workplace by Giants’ management toward subordinates.”

Maltese spent 30 years with the Giants. In the litigation, he accuses the Giants of firing him after he complained about an employee who was physically attacked by a supervisor. Maltese alleges that Giants general counsel William J. Heller warned Maltese against pushing the matter any farther, claiming that Heller said he would “strangle you until you can no longer breathe” if he told anyone else about the situation.

Maltese also contends that, in 2004, an assistant coach pushed Maltese into a table while players, other coaches, and Christopher Mara, brother of co-owner John Mara, were present.

The Giants declined to comment on the lawsuit.

29 responses to “New lawsuit claims Giants had culture of violence and intimidation in organization

  1. Ok so they were involved in looting Rolex stores during the riots but heck everyone was. LOL

  2. Plus don’t forget the Giants and their fans are a bunch of whinning cry babies.

  3. At first I was going to say “Well, football players are violent”. Did they have Terry Tate, office linebacker, in the accounting department?

  4. Well, it makes sense that if you want your team to be tough on the field, then it needs to be tough in the administrative offices, too.

  5. Things like sports that have extreme emotional components, and then have other sections of the pie that do completely different and “normal” jobs as we might think of them need to be careful that the rules for the one don’t bleed into the other. I’d say look traditionally at something like boxing and we often see how the violence, the training to hone that violence often leads to issues and bad incidents with the press, logistics staff, their personal life.
    So it’s unsurprising that in the NFL as tough a sport as we have,That the violence and controlled aggression that is the goal to hone the team to a razors edge, often trickles out and then that violence, that physicality is in the real world. Where blowing a guy up isn’t 15 yards it’s assault and battery. So this doesn’t surprise me. If anything I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often.

  6. I know that the modern day player is constantly whining about something these days. But now a video guy?? Maybe he should be showing off his video talent for Broadway. Not the NFL.

  7. For those confused about this. No he is not complaining about something that happened in 2004. He was fired last month and his claim is that they got rid of him for whistle blowing violent conduct by upper management to other employees that happened this past season. The story from 2004 explains why he is sensitive about the situation because he himself was a victim of assault by a member of Giants management in front of multiple witnesses so it’s not a secret to anyone that this happens.

    Basically he’s claiming that he spoke up for younger employees who were afraid to and got canned for it.

  8. For those wondering why he waited this long, he was probably waiting for the victim to either speak up or leave the job themselves. This guy’s just the whistleblower, not the one who was bullied at work.

  9. If the environment was so toxic, why did this person stay with the Giants for over 30+ years? Was he an indentured servant? Classic money grab. Take your gold watch and pension and THANK the Giants for the decades of income they provided for you and your family.

  10. Just curious, how many incidents over a 17 year constitute a “culture of violence and intimidation in organization”?

  11. The video guy has not a single video of this “pervasive toxic violent culture”? No wonder he was fired.

  12. Like Hunt in KC, Mara and his team is a protected team with certain behaviors are overlooked by the NFL such as a kicker only getting a one-game suspension (that at minimum should have been 6 if not a permanent ban, if the NFL cared)…so nothing to see hear the NFL will use its power to make this quickly disappear.

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