Giants GM Jerry Reese confirms he has spoken with Jason-Pierre Paul
After a protracted and unsettling several weeks where Jason Pierre-Paul has been essentially in incommunicado with the New York Giants following suffering a severe injury during a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July, general manager Jerry Reese confirmed on Monday morning that he spoke with the defensive end and his agents on Sunday.
“It was a personal conversation,” Reese said during an appearance on New York’s WFAN radio, via ESPN’s Dan Graziano. “I want to keep it private between him and I, and we’ll leave it at that. It was a good conversation.”
Despite the communication breakdown seeming to be headed in the right direction, Reese said “Nothing’s set yet” regarding when Pierre-Paul is expected to rejoin the team.
Reese’s tone and message clearly were far less confrontational and judgmental than the respective stances taken last week by Giants owner John Mara and head coach Tom Coughlin. Mara called the entire debacle “very disappointing.”
Coughlin, meanwhile, characterized to all that has transpired since the Fourth of July incident that left Pierre-Paul with an amputated index finger, a broken thumb and burns so severe he required skin grafts, as a “fiasco.”
Reese, on the other hand, said he understands what Pierre-Paul has been going through.
“When something like that happens, you really don’t want to see anybody,” Reese said. “I get it. So we’re not pissed off. We’re not mad about any of it.”
The general manager’s comments on Monday echoed what he told reporters on Sunday.
“This is a traumatic situation — it was an accident,” Reese said, via the New York Times. “Plenty of people have opinions about it. My heart goes out to him. For a young man to have a traumatic event like that in his life is life-changing for him. I hope for the best, and hopefully, he’s healing mentally and physically and that he can be back to himself as soon as possible.”
Standing in the way of a full reconciliation between the player and the team, though, is Pierre-Paul signing his $14.813 million franchise tender, among other pressing financial issues.
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