Antrel Rolle posts message of support for Jason Pierre-Paul
Jason Pierre-Paul has been on the receiving end of a heavy dose of criticism for the horrifying fireworks accident on the Fourth of July that left the New York Giants defensive end with hand injuries so severe that he had his right finger amputated. But one person, among many others, are expressing their support and standing by Pierre Paul: Former Giants safety Antrel Rolle.
Rolle, who signed a three-year, $11.25 million contract with the Chicago Bears in March, posted a heartfelt message on Instagram dedicated to his friend and former teammate.
The post, featuring an image of Rolle and Pierre-Paul embracing with the words “Teammates… Champions… Brothers…” overlaying the photo, the safety defended his friend by writing:
This is just a message so you all can take it however you want….. Many people worry about football, the money, all things that can be replaced in the blink of an eye. I am just happy that my boy has his health. This was a freakish accident that could have happened to anyone. Every year I do fire works for the kids in my family and some of the kids in the neighborhood. Have been doing it for 7 years strong already. So my point is this could have happened to anyone including myself. Sometimes trying to do a good deed can have the opposite affect as it did in this situation. My focus point here is health. As long as my boy and can go home and kiss his baby boy and pick his baby boy up whenever he wants is all that matters to me at this point. Everything else will take care of itself. This is just a bump in a road that I am sure he will hurdle in no time. Only the strong survive and you are that @iamjasonpierrepaul So go ahead and do what u have to do for yourself bruh. You already know I got your back no matter what just like you have always had mine. This is about a brotherhood that had developed over years! Many people are going to doubt, hate, speculate and that’s all cool and they are well within their rights. But one thing they can’t do is define who you are as a person and put a limit on your will and determination! So do you homeboy becuz the reals one will always be here no matter what. So like I said they can take this however they want to! #BandofBrothers
NJ Advanced Media’s Nick Powell notes in a report that Pierre-Paul apparently has not responded to text messages from teammates Victor Cruz and Rashad Jennings, for what could be several possible reasons.
While Pierre-Paul may be remaining low-key as he navigates the immediate aftermath and fallout of the accident, he obviously faces a tough road ahead, both on and off the field, as he recovers from his serious injuries — not to mention the uncertainty pervading his career with the Giants. Still, it must be encouraging for him to know that those closest to him remain firmly in his corner.
[H/T BSO, top image via New York Daily News]