Giants Waive Janoris Jenkins After CB Sent Derogatory Tweet

He Calls Being Cut 'Best News Ever'

Ryan Chatelain
December 13, 2019 - 2:39 pm
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Janoris Jenkins' empty apology was apparently the last straw.

The Giants on Friday waived the Pro Bowl cornerback. The move came two days after Jenkins called a fan a "retard" on Twitter.

Jenkins apologized Thursday morning, but admitted that he was only doing so because of the backlash, saying he “really didn’t see nothing so bad with it."

"Where I’m from, we use all kind of words for slang," he told reporters. "If it offends anybody, I’m sorry. It’s a culture that I grew up in where I’m from. You know what I’m saying, we use all kinds of words for all kinds of slang. If you don’t know, it’s a hood thing or whatever."

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The 31-year-old cornerback then refused to say whether he would ever use the term, which he also used on Instagram in 2018, again.

It appeared the Twitter exchange that led to Jenkins' departure from the Giants happened Wednesday while his teammates were practicing and he was sidelined with an ankle injury. Jenkins, however, said he typed the messages earlier in the day but that they did not post until later.

Coach Pat Shurmur said Friday: "Obviously, what happened this week, and the refusal to acknowledge the inappropriate and offensive language, was the determining factor."

"After the apology, he made an attempt to rationalize his beliefs, and then yesterday there was a decision made top down that we were going to move on," Shurmur told reporters later in the day.

Jenkins took to Twitter again after his release to write: "Best news ever.. Thank you."

A couple hours later, Jenkins returned to Twitter with a different tone. 

"I Just want to thank the organization for the opportunity & good luck to my brothers that remains a Giant!" he wrote. "Again, want my fans to know my intentions are always pure and genuine."

Jenkins had one more year after this season left on the five-year, $62.5 million contract he signed with the Giants in March 2016, and he might have been a salary-cap casualty this offseason anyway. His release will create $11.25 million in cap savings, although the Giants will have to eat $3.5 million in dead money.

In 13 games this season, Jenkins, who began his career with the St. Louis Rams, intercepted four passes and registered 54 tackles. He was selected to his only Pro Bowl in 2016.

The derogatory tweet wasn't the first time Jenkins found himself in trouble with the Giants' brass. In 2017, he was suspended for one game after missing a practice and not communicating with the team about his absence until the following day.

Earlier this month, Jenkins publicly complained that the Giants didn't move him around on the defense to cover opponents' No. 1 wide receivers. 

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