The Giants have suspended Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and the cornerback left the team facility Wednesday, calling what Ben McAdoo told him “BS.”
Rodgers-Cromartie said he and McAdoo had an altercation about playing during Sunday’s loss, according to ESPN. While he told the network that he handled the issue the wrong way, the corner said “to sit me a game had me hot, so I left.” He added that he left because what McAdoo said “was BS.”
McAdoo told reporters Wednesday that he had a personal conversation with Rodgers-Cromartie on Tuesday, and again on Wednesday morning, which is when the veteran corner decided to leave the team facility. McAdoo said the Giants therefore would be suspending Rodgers-Cromartie.
The Giant, who told ESPN he planned on returning Thursday, said he was already suspended before he left.
However, a team source said that McAdoo informed Rodgers-Cromartie on Tuesday that he would be inactive against the Broncos due to something that happened on Sunday, but denied any altercation between the two. The expectation was for Rodgers-Cromartie to continue to prepare all week as if he were to play.
Giants players were caught off guard by the suspension, but safety Landon Collins did suggest that there was some sort of altercation between Rodgers-Cromartie and McAdoo.
“It’s a situation between them two,” Collins said. “I wouldn’t say he left the team, he just felt differently about the altercation that happened.”
When asked to clarify, Collins replied, “What happened between them two.”
Collins said Rogers-Cromartie was present on Wednesday for treatment and morning meetings and did not see any signs of frustration with his teammate.
“He came in with a smile on his face and being the same DRC that he was when he came in,” Collins said. “It surprised us all when (the suspension) happened.”
There was also a report from WFAN’s Mike Francesa that Rodgers-Cromartie had taken off his pads before halftime with the Giants losing 10-9 to the Chargers and said he would not go back out there. Francesa said this led to a physical confrontation with another player on the team in the locker room.
No players could confirm or deny this report.
In fact, many players did not even know their teammate was suspended until speaking with reporters after practice.
“I just heard about it now,” said Eli Apple. “I know as much as you guys do, honestly.”
Added Justin Pugh: “I’m not talking about that anymore. I don’t know the whole situation, so I don’t want to say something that I don’t want to say.”
Apple admitted that it was shocking to hear a teammate left the facility and was suspended, but was not going to hold it against him.
“It is what it is,” he said. “I don’t understand everybody’s situation. Everybody’s going through a little something. But you just do your part and do whatever they tell you to do, just try to do it to the best of your ability.”
This is now life for the Giants, at 0-5 and without three starting wide receivers — including Odell Beckham Jr. — due to injuries, but they are still somehow staying positive, or at least trying to convince everyone the season has not totally gone off the rails.
“I don’t think so,” said Apple. “I think the leaders on this team, they’re not going to let anything like that happen.”
It is hard not to think that is too late.