Golden Tate can’t catch the ball from home.
The 32-year-old receiver was told to stay home from the Giants’ walk-through Wednesday as a form of discipline for his two outbursts during Monday’s loss to the Buccaneers.
“I spoke to Golden at length today and we’re dealing internally with a lot of things,” coach Joe Judge said. “He is not going to be at the walk-through today but he will be back in the building and practicing with us the remainder of the week. It will be business as usual.”
Tate, who hasn’t had a catch-less game since Oct. 18, 2012, had zero catches through three quarters.
After he got on the stat sheet early in the fourth quarter, he looked to the Giants sideline and yelled, “Throw me the damn ball.” Later, he made a difficult touchdown catch to give the Giants a chance to tie the score in the final seconds and screamed, “Throw me the ball!” into the ESPN television camera.
At other times, Tate was jumping up and down or raising his hand to express frustration with being open and not getting the ball.
“It has to be team-first for everyone in this building, every coach and every player,” Judge said. “There are no exceptions for that. I’m not going to tolerate and put up with any kind of selfish behavior from anybody.”
Tate’s wife, Elise, posted a later-deleted message to her verified Instagram account with 55,000 followers criticizing the Giants for underutilizing her husband and quarterback Daniel Jones for not targeting him. She wrote that Golden was unaware she was speaking out.
Judge punished rookie left tackle Andrew Thomas by benching him for a quarter for being late to a team meeting earlier this season. It is unknown if Jones, running back Saquon Barkley, wide receiver Sterling Shepard and other teammates were fined for actions that appeared to violate the NFL’s COVID-19 safety protocols by mingling with non-team members at a bar.
“When it comes to discipline,” Judge said, “I don’t believe in holding trial on any of my players or coaches, for that matter, in the public eye.”