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In case you missed the fireworks, former New York Giants linebacker and now ESPN analyst Antonio Pierce today ripped Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs for not playing in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Tuck fired back at his former teammate, saying "he should check his facts."

Here is what Pierce said:

"To me, if you don’t’ have an injury that needs surgery or is that severe, you need to be out there," Pierce said. "And I don’t really know and I don’t want to question guys, but if you’re one of the leaders on the team – which Brandon Jacobs and Justin Tuck are – and you say, ‘You know what? The Seattle Seahawks, maybe we don’t need to play this game’ and you miss out, that’s what’s going to bite you in the tail."

Here was Tuck's response:

"In a way he's completely right. In another way he's completely wrong," Tuck said in his paid, weekly appearance this afternoon on WFAN. "I'm the captain. I need to be on the football field. (But) I can't be on it to help this football team right now.

"Maybe he should check his facts about what my injury is."

Who are you siding with here? Pierce is paid to offer his opinion, but a guy who had his career ended by a neck injury -- and one who played with Tuck and Jacobs long enough to understand what kind of players, and people, they are -- really is out of line unless he has all of the medical information at his disposal.