New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora will be fined $20,000 for not attending a mandatory media day Wednesday. Umenyiora was fined not to long after he didn’t show up for his 45 minute mandatory news interview session at the teams’ hotel Wednesday morning. Due to not having a medical excuse like New England Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light had for Tuesday, Umenyiora was fined.
“I misunderstood the schedule,” Umenyiora said in a statement released by the team. “It won’t happen again, and I will be at tomorrow’s media session and available after the game. I apologize for any inconvenience my absence this morning may have caused.”
Now Umenyiora was at the media day the day before where he talked about his opponent Matt Light and how he doesn’t hate him as he said, “Matt Light is obviously a good football player,” Umenyiora said. “We don’t play each other enough for true hatred to develop. This is maybe my second or third time playing against Matt Light. There is no hatred there. Some of the things he has done, I wish he wouldn’t have, but we’re both professionals and he seems to be a good guy.”
So what’s wrong with that? He showed up on Tuesday and said what he had to say and answered what he had to answer, I mean let’s be honest what more could you obviously talk about him with him today? What’s his favorite color? What does he like to do in his free time? Is he dating anyone? Like seriously, what could the media have asked him?
They already covered the Super Bowl questions, the rematch questions, the Matt Light questions, and on and on and on. Now for tomorrow’s media day, they actually could have some things to ask, like why weren’t you at media day? Your response to Light’s comments and maybe what he had to eat yesterday? But fining the guy $20,000 for not showing up for 45 minutes to listen to repeated questions over and over again? Heck I would probably skip it too.
So Osi, as bad or as boring as it may be just go to the 45 minute session tomorrow and answer to the questions that are asked, or if you’re going to skip at least tell them your sick…cough cough.