Jeremy Shockey Is A Good Teammate (Updated)

Remember all the contributions that Jeremy Shockey made to the New York Giants during their playoff run? Oh, that’s right. Dude was laid up with a broken leg before his team won the Super Bowl without him.

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So where does he get off acting like such an asshat?

A report surfaced on ESPN.COM that Shockey, after blowing off the Super Bowl parade, the ring ceremony, and the White House visit, might also be skipping mandatory minicamp:

“Obviously. I’m not 100 percent and if I do show to minicamp, it’s going to be, I wouldn’t imagine me doing much, just getting treatment on my leg,” Shockey told reporters.

The tight end hinted Saturday he might not attend the team’s mandatory minicamp, which begins Wednesday.

“Who knows? I might go to see my mother in Texas. I have no idea,” Shockey said.

Shockey, in New York for a promotional event, shared his gripes with reporters.

“Unlike the Giants, I’m going to be quiet,” he said. “They’ve released multiple things about myself and if you look back into the media, there’s always a source. Well, I’d like to know who this source is and we’ll go over here and we’ll deal with it ourselves, because I haven’t said one negative thing toward the Giants in the newspapers.”

A contradicting report from the NEW YORK DAILY says that Shockey will in fact be in camp, citing a team source:

The enigmatic tight end is expected to participate in the Giants’ mandatory mini-camp next week, according to a team source. He is due in the New York area later this week for a promotional appearance on Saturday afternoon.

Since then, Shockey has told numerous friends that he was frustrated with his role and perception in New York and he had his agent officially request a trade. The Giants considered granting his request and weighed a serious offer from the New Orleans Saints right up until the April draft, before deciding second- and fifth-round picks weren’t enough.

Shockey’s moronic antics aside, he is a Pro-Bowl caliber tight end, and his team and his organization now that:

[M]any teammates and coaches and a few members of the Giants’ front office have contacted the 27-year-old Shockey since the draft to let him know he is wanted and needed. Despite what he considers to be a limited role in the Giants’ passing attack, Shockey had 57 catches for 619 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games before breaking his leg and missing the Giants’ entire championship run.

I’ve never heard of someone being so upset after winning a Super Bowl. But when you live in Coral Gables, how great could Disneyworld actually be?

Update: NFL Network just reported that Shockey said he will be “fulfilling [his] contractual obligation” and report to camp. NFLN also reported that Shockey claimed that Giants management forced him to watch the Super Bowl from a luxury box, rather than on the sideline with his team, a fact that we did not include in our original report.