Janoris Jenkins has been suspended indefinitely by the New York Giants for a violation of team rules. The team announced the suspension this afternoon.
“As a member of this team, there are standards and we have responsibilities and obligations,” said coach Ben McAdoo. “When we don’t fulfill those obligations, there are consequences. As I have said before, we do not like to handle our team discipline publicly. There are times when it is unavoidable, and this is one of those times.”
Jenkins, cornerback Eli Apple and running back Paul Perkins were not in attendance Monday when the team returned to practice after its bye week. Today, McAdoo said he did not hear from Jenkins until Tuesday morning.
“At that point, neither myself nor any of the coaches had heard from Jackrabbit,” McAdoo said. “I did not speak with him directly until Tuesday morning.”
Jenkins is the second Giants defensive back suspended in recent weeks. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended for the Week 6 game against the Denver Broncos after what was reportedly a series of disagreements with McAdoo, including one during the Week 5 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Jenkins is in the second year of a five-year, $62.5 million contract.
I’m not sure what to make of this, other than it is impossible to see it as anything other than yet another example of locker room disrespect for the head coach. It’s difficult at this point to argue that McAdoo has control of the locker room, and that cannot bode well for his future as head coach.