The New York Giants announced Friday that they had waived Janoris Jenkins, two days after the injured cornerback used a slur against a fan who had been critical of the team’s performance in a Twitter exchange.
The exchange occurred Wednesday morning when Jenkins listed his statistical line for this season, including his total number of tackles, interceptions and passes broken up, in a Twitter post.
The fan then asked Jenkins, an eight-year National Football League veteran, whether that mattered after the Giants dropped their 11th game of the season in an overtime loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. The team has won only twice this season and has the second-worst record in the league.
Jenkins responded, “I only can do my job.. retard.” He later offered an apology for his word choice, but said he “didn’t mean no HARM.”
On Thursday, Jenkins, 31, told a group of reporters who cover the Giants that his use of the slur was a product of the culture where he was brought up and called it a “’hood thing.”
Jenkins did not delete the tweet, even after he was cut. The team’s head coach, Pat Shurmur, on Friday characterized Jenkins’s release as an organizational decision.
“From ownership to management to our football operations, we felt it was in the best interests of the franchise and the player,” Shurmur said. “Obviously, what happened this week, and the refusal to acknowledge the inappropriate and offensive language, was the determining factor.”
The Giants said Jenkins engaged in the “inappropriate” exchange with the fan while he was rehabbing an ankle injury during Wednesday’s practice, which Jenkins denied during his media availability on Thursday.
Jenkins appeared to shrug off his release in a series of Twitter posts on Friday, writing “Best news ever.. Thank you.” He later wished his teammates well.
“I Just want to thank the organization for the opportunity & good luck to my brothers that remains a Giant!” he wrote. “Again, want my fans to know my intentions are always pure and genuine.”
Jenkins, who goes by the nickname Jackrabbit, did not immediately respond to requests for additional comment on Friday.
This is not the first time Jenkins’s off-field actions have cost him a roster spot.
Once considered a top N.F.L. prospect, he was dismissed by the University of Florida football team in 2011 after his second arrest in three months on marijuana possession charges. In 2009, Jenkins was arrested during a fight outside a Gainesville, Fla., nightclub.
A native of Pahokee, Fla., Jenkins completed his college career at the University of North Alabama and was selected in the second round of the 2012 draft by the Rams, when the team played in St. Louis.
In 2018, the body of a family friend, Roosevelt Rene, was found outside Jenkins’s New Jersey home. Jenkins’s brother, William Jenkins Jr., was later charged with causing fatal injuries to Rene during a fight at the player’s home in Fair Lawn, N.J.
Jenkins became the second N.F.L. player to be cut this season for inflammatory language on Twitter. In November, the Cleveland Browns released safety Jermaine Whitehead after a profanity-laced rant in which he made threatening comments.
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