The New York Giants receivers took a little detour on the way home to northern New Jersey from FedEx Field. Their scenic route took them through Miami Beach, where they cut a celebratory swath after their victory Sunday over the Washington Redskins.
Were they toasting the fact that they’d knocked the Redskins out of the playoffs? Or were they merely taking a small break before their wild-card playoff game Sunday night in Green Bay? Whatever they were doing, the social-media accounts of the Giants’ jaunt painted a pretty party portrait. Among the group: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz and Roger Lewis.
There was a frenzy of deletions, but TMZ reports that the four Giants players were out until the sun came up at Miami Beach’s Liv nightclub.
Justin Bieber was there, curse be damned, with several other celebrities, including Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Fabolous, 2 Chainz, Jamie Foxx, Tristan Thompson, Khloe Kardashian, Adrian Brody and, because of course he was, Johnny Manziel. (Here’s a video clip, with mild profanity.)
Now, this is the sort of thing that would have driven former Giants coach Tom Coughlin wild with fury, but Ben McAdoo was cool because players were given Monday off.
“Players are off until [Tuesday] morning,” McAdoo said, declining to say whether they had first returned to New Jersey with the team or headed off on their own after the afternoon game ended. Nor would he say whether discipline was in the offing. The Giants’ first-round playoff game is Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
“The players are off,” McAdoo said. “They are not working.”
That much was clear.
Quarterback Eli Manning later joked about the hullabaloo on Tuesday, telling reporters he was there too, but was in charge of taking pictures because his teammates “just wouldn’t let me in with my shirt off,” according to SNY.tv’s Ralph Vacchiano. (Manning, of course, was not there.)
Manning added that he was “a little disappointed” to see the photos of his wide receivers on a boat in Miami.
“They didn’t pack accordingly,” he said (via ESPN’s Jordan Raanan). “They didn’t pack shorts, sandals, etc.”