Ben McAdoo: ‘No accuracy’ to Victor Cruz’s sabotage claims
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo threw cold water on Victor Cruz’s claims that the team froze him out of the offense in order to justify ultimately cutting him loose this offseason.
“Do you believe it’s accurate? There’s no accuracy to it,” McAdoo said when asked about the veracity of Cruz’s claims, via NJ.com.
Given the headaches and drama McAdoo already has encountered at the wide receiver position this offseason, it’s not surprising he’s trying to nip the Cruz distraction in the bud.
Cruz made the conspiracy theory claims earlier this week during an appearance on “The Breakfast Club.”
“I felt it all year long. Halfway through the year I’m ballin’, the other half I’m not getting the ball,” Cruz said in part during Tuesday’s interview. “And you’re just like, ‘what’s going on?’ It was like ‘ok, I see what’s happening. They don’t want me here anymore.’ A lot of people probably don’t know this… Let’s say I played well — was a 1,000-yard receiver last year — it would have been more difficult from a fan perspective to cut me.”
Once the story broke amid his claims, Cruz took to social media to clarify his comments and point out he never explicitly said the Giants were playing the role of saboteurs.
“I love the @Giants, they gave me a platform no one else did,” Cruz wrote. “I am forever grateful! I never said I was sabotaged, don’t believe these headlines.”
That said, an arguably more accurate case can be made to explain the Giants’ decision to cut ties with Cruz: He was the odd-man out. Cruz found himself playing the role of third wheel to superstar Odell Beckham Jr. and rookie Sterling Shepard in the Giants offense. The addition of veteran wideout Brandon Marshall only exacerbated the issue.
In the end, it’s all in the past now anyway as Cruz has signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.