The President of the United States introduced the term “fake news” into our collective lexicon. The head coach of the New York Football Giants seems to have adopted it as well.
Ben McAdoo called the report by ESPN’s Josina Anderson regarding anonymous Giants players saying he’s lost the locker room fake news. He made a reference to it as the Giants prepare to face the winless San Francisco 49ers on the road.
“I think they’re excited to go play, excited to go get back on the field,” McAdoo said. “When you have a setback like we had last week, and some fake news, I guess you can call it this week, some drama. I think it’s good to go out and play the game you love to play.”
When asked why he thought Anderson’s report was fake news, McAdoo said, “Anonymous quotes…I’m saying it’s anonymous. There are no names behind it.”
It was pointed out to McAdoo that “anonymous” and “fake” have two different meanings. McAdoo seemed to dismiss it.
“I’ll let you define it for me then,” he said. “It’s anonymous.”
When pressed further, McAdoo said, “It’s not an issue. I like to help the players who have issues. It’s not an issue for the team. We can handle it. We’re strong. You saw the players respond in the locker room. I thought they did a great job.”
The Giants’ players were angered by Anderson’s report, with some form of the word “coward” used by different players.
Offensive lineman Justin Pugh said the anonymous players should have been man enough to put their names with their quotes. Linebacker and defensive captain Jonathan Casillas called the players “cowardly” and said he didn’t want to play with anyone who wasn’t in it 100 percent.
Defensive tackle Damon Harrison just called the players “cowards”. Safety Landon Collins mentioned that the team knows (or will know) the source of the quotes used in Anderson’s report.
McAdoo doesn’t think this will be an issue when the Giants take the field against the only team in the NFC with a worse record than them.
“I don’t think it’s taken a toll,” McAdoo said. “The way last week worked out, I think we’re excited to go jump on a plane, go across the country, and play in a ball game.”