Golden Tate apologizes for role in ‘drawing attention’ away from Giants’ goals
New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate has caused something of his own soap opera in the Big Apple.
Tate’s wife lashed out at the team’s failure to get him involved in the offense in a Week 8 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tate then skipped a Wednesday walkthrough after rumors surfaced suggesting the Giants were trying to deal him prior to the Nov. 3 deadline. He was demoted to the scout team in practice, and did not suit up for the team’s divisional matchup against the Washington Football Team.
The 32-year-old apologized Friday for being a distraction the last couple weeks. Tate owned up to his behavior, saying he got “caught up in the moment” and acknowledging he handled his individual situation in the wrong way, per SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.
"I was wrong to draw attention to myself and I take full responsibility for that."
– Giants WR Golden Tate
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) November 13, 2020
Granted, Tate had his reasons for frustration.
The former Notre Dame star posted consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in 2016 and 2017 as a member of the Detroit Lions. He got off to another strong start in 2018, though things soured a bit after Tate was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles ahead of the deadline.
New York signed Tate to a four-year deal ahead of the 2019 season, but he dealt with injuries and had just 49 receptions for 676 yards, though Tate did have six touchdowns in 11 games.
This year has been that much more of a struggle. Tate has just 22 catches for 226 yards, and is practically a non-factor in New York’s offense.
Tate’s contract has an out ahead of the 2021 season, which the Giants could utilize even though it carries a $4.7 million dead cap hit.
Regardless, Tate is committed to changing his attitude and being more of a leader for a Giants team still in search of direction.