New York Giants coach Joe Judge didn't want to confirm that wide receiver Golden Tate was held out of Wednesday's practice due to his Monday Night Football outburst. After catching the ball for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tate screamed at the camera, "Throw me the ball!" Tate was targeted only three times against the Buccaneers as he caught two passes for 31 yards.
"We're going to deal with this internally,” Judge said when asked to elaborate on whether Tate’s absence was discipline related. “That's all I'm going to really say about that”. Tate scored a touchdown to reduce the Buccaneers' lead to 25-23 with less than 30 seconds to go in the game but then the Giants failed on their two-point conversion.
"His role is the same as every player on our team,” Judge said. “Show up to work, work hard, put the team first, and when you have the ball come your way, to make a play on it. If you're not involved with the ball directly at you, to block, help the quarterback."
Judge not thrilled with the social media post made by Tate's wife
Shortly after the game, Tate's wife took to Instagram to call out the Giants for not giving her husband much opportunities but quickly deleted her Instagram Story post.
"We talk to our players a lot about responsibility on social media,” Judge said. “We’re very specific about keeping some things off social media in terms of how it reflects to the New York Giants and organizationally”.
When Judge was introduced as the Giants head coach this offseason, he underlined he wanted everyone inside the organization to be fully committed. "It has to be team first for everyone in this building, every coach and every player—has to be team first—there are no exceptions for that,” Judge said.
“I'm not going to tolerate, put up with any kind of selfish behavior from anybody, coach or player. It's not going to happen”. Also, Judge said that he prefers to keep problems withing the organization and try to solve them without going public.
"When it comes to discipline, I don't believe in holding a trial on any of my players or coaches that matter in the public eye,” Judge said. "While that may be inconvenient, I choose to deal with things internally because, as the head coach, it's my job to protect the team.
It's my job to make sure that we can handle things internally, that we have a family structure in this building, that everyone understands our consequences for our actions”.