The New York Giants have cut ties with cornerback Janoris Jenkins, following his use of the word “retarded” during a twitter dispute and his failure to apologize for the incident.
Retard is offensive to people with special needs, and there has been a big push from the Special Olympics and others to get the word out of everyday language.
Giants coach Pat Shurmur said on Friday in a statement that Jenkins’ word choice did play into the decision by the team to release him.
“This was an organizational decision,” Shurmur said. “From ownership to management to our football operations, we felt it was in the best interests of the franchise and the player. Obviously, what happened this week, and the refusal to acknowledge the inappropriate and offensive language, was the determining factor.”
Jenkins also issued a brief statement on Friday morning, as he took to twitter with the following message: “Best news ever.. Thank you.”
Jenkins, on the field, was a real talent for the Giants. In 53 games, He picked off 12 passes with four of them coming this year. Once, he was one of the bright spots on a defense that has had all kinds of struggles. The now-released cornerback struggled to start 2019 but had churned out decent performances as of late.
Jenkins probably wanted out of New York and by doubling down on his comments, he definitely got his wish.