- Posted: 1:28 PM, February 1, 2012
Every player, that is, except defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who said he erred reading Wednesday's events.
“I misunderstood the schedule. It won’t happen again, and I will be at tomorrow’s media session and available after the game," he said in a statement released by the Giants. "I apologize for any inconvenience my absence this morning may have caused.”
The absence cost Umenyiora $20,000, which is what the NFL fined him for not attending.
A statement issued by the league said, “Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants has been fined $20,000 for failing to participate in Wednesday’s mandatory 45-minute news media interview session at the Giants’ hotel this morning. All other Giants and Patriots players and coaches were available at today’s team media sessions.’’
There was a nice riser set up for Umenyiora and his nameplate sat on the table on the riser but he never showed up. This could have been alarming, but Giants officials quickly deduced Umenyiora was not AWOL after taking part in Media Day on Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Umenyiora did show up at a 12:15 p.m. team meeting.
Giants and Patriots players have one more day of media accessibility Thursday morning, again conveniently located for the players at their respective hotels. If Umenyiora does not show, the fine no doubt will increase.
During the regular season, Umenyiora speaks with the media once a week, usually on Fridays.