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NFL fines Umenyiora for missing media session

Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:15 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 3:02 pm
Umenyiora was at Tuesday's Media Day (above) but missed Wednesday's session. (Ryan Wilson,

By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS – During Wednesday morning’s required media session, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora failed to show, and the league has fined him $20,000 as a result.

While most of the Giants had assigned tables in the downtown Marriott’s ballroom adjacent to where coach Tom Coughlin held his Wednesday news conference, a few like Victor Cruz, Eli Manning, Ahmad Bradshaw and Umenyiora had podiums in rooms across the hall for the media availability start time of 10:30 a.m. ET.

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All podiums and tables were filled by the players except for Umenyiora.

According to a team spokesman, via the Newark Star-Ledger, Umenyiora attended a 12:15 p.m. team meeting.

According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, all other Giants and Patriots players and coaches were available during media sessions today.

UPDATE 3:02 p.m. ET: Here's the statement Umenyiora has released: “I misunderstood the schedule. It won’t happen again, and I will be at tomorrow’s media session and available after the game. I apologize for any inconvenience my absence this morning may have caused.”

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Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:50 pm

NFL fines Umenyiora for missing media session

I'm a Giants fan and a huge Osi fan, but that's indefensible.

Amazing, no one else misunderstood the schedule.  He gets paid millions of dollars to play football, he's in the Super Bowl.. the only thing he had to do today was make it to the media sessions, and he didn't manage to do that little. 

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:48 pm

NFL fines Umenyiora for missing media session

Pats win this handily. 

You're right.. as confident as you are, you should definitely bet your rent money, grocery bill, and children's college tuition funds.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:28 pm

NFL fines Umenyiora for missing media session

Couple things:
Part of his job as a PROFESSIONAL football player is to attend scheduled media events.  I realize everyone wants to think he's only required to put on pads and smash QBs, but the reality is he works for the NFL and part of THAT gig is to do media events.  No show equals a fine.  In most jobs, failure to comply with a job requirement gets you anything from a reprimand to fired, so a fine seems completely acceptable to me.  All these folks calling it another case of the No Fun League should remember it's a business, an entertainment business.  Part of that means having the dancing bears come out and speak to the public (via the media).  These aren't student athletes or guys throwing the pigskin in a dirt lot, they're professional entertainer/athletes.  I personally don't understand what anyone gets out of listening to what these lunks think or feel, but hey, SOMEBODY does so the league has rules and requirements to help foster it's public presence.
Now if he just didn't want to do it, i'm okay with that too.  He should pay his fine, release his statement and move on.  Given how little the fine is relative to his income, if I were him and wanted to focus on football and not reporters' questions, I might opt out of the media days myself.  Heck, I might even try to fenagle it as an "illness" absence... IF he missed the media event because he was hung over or forgot or something like that, I would say that's pretty unprofessional behavior and, again, the fine would be merited.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:04 pm

NFL fines Umenyiora for missing media session

He's either a liar or incredibly stupid.  Take your pick.  Pats win this handily.  Giants are not talking smack, but they seem overconfident nonetheless.  I think if both teams play their best games, the Giants would likely win.  But I don't get the sense they will.  Just a hunch.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:01 pm

NFL fines Umenyiora for missing media session

Pretty sad  how a player gets fined for not talking to the media. This is pretty shameless thing for the NFL to do.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:06 pm

NFL fines Umenyiora for missing media session

That dog and pony show called "media day" should be done away with. Just like the Pro-Bowl. Getting fined for not talking to the media, then if you do talk, you get fined for saying something the NFL doesn't like. Having to listen to stupid questions from anybody with a microphone? Really? The guy wearing somekind of helmet? I say when the NFL lets just actual journalist's ask questions, then and only then should it be manatory.
These players are getting ready for the biggest game of their lives. And you MAKE them go to this garbage? Or get fined?
This is what is wrong with the NFL. The players are professionals, and the owners are just in the business of entertainment. This is why they continually butt heads.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 2:44 pm

NFL fines Umenyiora for missing media session

Don't kid yourself this is not about the football. If it was we would just have the one week break between the games and then the NFL would crown a champion. The two weeks and all of the required time has nothing to do with football and everything about building the brand and making more money. They just hope that some players smack talk a little bit and give the game that much more made up hype.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 2:14 pm

NFL fines Umenyiora for missing media session

Fines for not wanting to talk after the Media Day.  the No Fun League strikes again.  Its time to get ready to play football and these stupid press conferences do not bring anything to the table anyway. Justin Tuck represented the defense just fine.  Talk to the coaches and let the players prepare.  After Media Day, there should be no mandatory player interview requirements so they can do what they do best.  Greg Aiello from the NFL office should take that fine and give it to a charity of Osi's choice.  I will be glas when the BS stops and the game gets ready to start.  IMO  2 weeks between the Conference Championship and the actual big game is too much.   

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:25 pm

NFL fines Umenyiora for missing media session


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