Giants wide receiver Golden Tate has had enough time to reflect on his outburst earlier this month to realize he made a significant mistake.
The veteran, who has been in the NFL for 11 years, followed a Nov. 2 touchdown catch by yelling into a TV camera that he needs to get the ball more. He also liked a tweet asking for him to be cut, and his wife complained about his targets on Instagram.
New York banished him to its practice squad for his antics.
Tate on Friday told reporters that his actions were selfish and out of line.
“I just got caught up in the moment. I was wrong to draw attention to myself. I take full responsibility for that,” Tate said. “I handled it the wrong way and, again, brought negative attention to our organization. It was something that won’t happen again.”
Tate’s incident would have been problematic in any situation, but calling out a struggling second-year quarterback in Daniel Jones seemed a particularly damaging move for his team. Jones is at risk of losing his franchise’s faith and needs as much support from teammates as he can get.
The Giants acted swiftly in their punishment of Tate.
Tate is dealing with a knee injury right now, and his status for Sunday’s game against the Eagles is unclear regardless of whether his coaching staff has forgiven him.