Giants guard Justin Pugh said the team is not going to let outside forces “tear us apart.”
He was referring to the media, social media, the Odell Beckham Jr. drama and the 0-3 start until a reporter asked him if President Donald Trump’s comments played a role in that as well.
“That’s a big part of it, too,” he said.
Protests during the national anthem have been rejuvenated in the NFL after Trump called players who participated in such demonstrations a “son of a b—h.”
Giants kneel, lock arms during national anthem for first time
Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon and Damon “Snacks” Harrison were among three Giants who chose to kneel during the national anthem while the rest of the team stood and locked arms.
Collins said he will have a discussion with his teammates on whether or not they will continue to kneel, but he can count Pugh in as a supporter — one who was not on board a year ago.