How the NY Giants brass responds to the new damning evidence in the DeAndre Baker case will go a long way in showing if their ‘culture’ narrative is true.
Listen, I’ve been at the forefront of the ‘talent over culture’ battle for quite some time now, but in this situation for the NY Giants, the situation is too serious and the allegations that now seem the iron clad against the embattled young corner are too severe to take any time deliberating on if DeAndre Baker is worth keeping around much longer.
Besides, do we even really know if DeAndre Baker has much to give in the NFL after that rookie season, anyway?
There has been a hurricane of bad events and circumstances for Joe Judge since he took over as coach of the NY Giants and I feel for him on that. Yet, this is his first major challenge to show his players and the fans what he’s all about, and if he is what he says he is, Baker should be gone far sooner than later.
GM, Dave Gettleman, will also have some say in the process and it will be very interesting to see how he acts as this straight up conflicts with his whole culture gameplan, yet he gave up a war chest to move up to select Baker in the first round.
Obviously the team should do some vetting of the disposition and warrants that were released last night by the NY Daily News, but that process shouldn’t take very long because all of the evidence is now readily available and pretty easy to understand.
To put the icing on the cake, DeAndre Baker of all people deserves the least amount of goodwill after his disastrous rookie season that included terrible play, but much more importantly, a terrible attitude and effort to be a professional athlete.
It’s always going to be tough to part ways with a first-round pick one year into their career; even harder to part with one that you also gave up a second, fourth, and a fifth-round draft pick just to move up seven spots to draft said player.
As stingy as I am about draft capital, that goes out the window when discussing a matter as serious as this.
DeAndre Baker shouldn’t -and likely won’t – remain with the NY Giants past the weekend.