Tuck: It's Personal

June, 29, 2011
6/29/11
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Justin Tuck has a message for LeSean McCoy –- it’s personal now.

The Eagles running back recently took shots at Osi Umenyiora, calling the Giants defensive end overrated, soft and the third best defensive lineman on the Giants on Twitter.

Umenyiora responded by referring to McCoy as “she” and Lady Gaga.

Now Tuck has something to say about McCoy.

“Well, two things, yes we will take that personally,” Tuck said in an interview on Mike and Mike in the morning (Listen here: Play Download) “And two, he might want to watch some film before he starts talking about a defensive end of Osi’s quality. I don’t know where he would say something of that nature. Obviously Osi’s stats back up the fact that he is a pretty good NFL football player.”

Tuck, an old-school guy at heart, said he doesn’t understand why people take shots at others via social media. Either way, he says the Giants will handle their business on the football field.

“I honestly think social media has made people cowards,” Tuck said. “Where I’m from, if you had a problem with somebody, you said it to their face. I think now people are hiding behind computers and smart phones to get out something they got on their chest where I’m used to having a problem with a person, you go tell it to their face. You don’t go blast it out so everybody in the world can see about it.”

“I don’t know what has gotten into these young guys,” Tuck continued. “I think Osi handled it the right way. We will handle it on the football field when we get the opportunity.”

As for Umenyiora’s uncertain future, Tuck wants to see his sack partner remain a Giant but hopefully get what he wants as well. Umenyiora wants a new contract.

“It makes it very difficult for an offensive line or an offensive coordinator to kind of scheme us when you got both sides of the defensive line having quality defensive ends like that,” said Tuck, who had 11.5 sacks to go with Umenyiora’s 11.5 sacks last season.

“But I understand where Osi is coming from,” he added. “He has to do what is best for him especially in a situation where we are in this lockout and obviously owners are trying to do what is best for them. I just root for Osi and making sure that hopefully everything works out and he will be a Giant and if not I wish this guy all the best of luck. When I came into the league, (he) kind of took me under his wing and showed me the ropes so I wouldn’t be the player I am today without him.”

While several Giants want Umenyiora back, the same probably can’t be said for former Giant Tiki Barber, who is making a comeback.

Tuck said the former running back “did kind of turn some guys off.”

“Tiki burnt some bridges as he left the game, said some things that maybe he shouldn’t have said,” Tuck said. “If you look back, when he talked about Eli (Manning) and Coach (Tom) Coughlin, we won the Super Bowl right after that. It is unfortunate because a lot of people forget the fact of how well he played the game when he was here. He said some things leaving the game that kind of left people with sour tastes in their mouths and they don’t forget that.”

Tuck said he wishes Barber the best and holds no grudges toward the running back.

“I don’t wish anything negative on him but he just said some things that maybe he shouldn’t have said and that is kind of coming back to bite him right now,” Tuck said. “He led by example and let his play lead by example. He was never one of those guys that kind of was getting a hug, rah, rah, things of that nature which was fine. But he did kind of turn some people off with some of the things that he did the year that he was leaving. I guess he kind of knew he was leaving.”

Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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