After not making any meaningful statements on the Deandre Baker situation all offseason, NY Giants rookie head coach finally came out and made one on Friday.
And let’s just say, this statement made by Joe Judge – and effectively the entire NY Giants brass – is not kind to DeAndre Baker’s prospects of ever rejoining Big Blue as many have expected since the day of his initial arrest.
I’ve been as rough on the NY Giants for what I would call a complete bungling of the DeAndre Baker situation since it began to transpire and the organization didn’t help itself in that regard while dealing with former kicker Aldrick Rosas’ situation, as they didn’t make a call on that until the last possible minute.
As far as the Baker timeline goes, Joe Judge or any of the other NY Giants brass didn’t issue a firm public statement on the troubled youngster one way or the other up until today.
In fact, it appeared that the team was shockingly going to let him attempt to get on the training camp field as he was never officially disinvited or told to stay away like he was given about the offseason Zoom calls.
DeAndre Baker went as far as to let the Florida Authorities know he was planning on leaving Florida for ‘work purposes’ as he is required to do and boarded a flight to New Jersey to report for camp on report date this past Sunday.
Anyone with a brain saw that Baker would be immediately placed on the commissioner’s exempt list as soon as the NY Giants tried to get him on the field and that’s exactly what happened.
The only possible way I could understand the team letting that happen by not getting out in front of the situation is if they were thinking about him potentially taking up a roster spot.
So, what was NY Giants’ head coach’s Joe Judge’s statement on Baker today?
According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com, Judge finally answered a direct question on DeAndre Baker. Here’s how it went down.
As far as Joe Judge being candid – he did grow up under the tutelage of Bill Belichick – that’ about as much as you’re going to get, as the rookie coach is telling you not to expect to see DeAndre Baker around for the time being.
All it would have taken to appease NY Giants fans and the NFL, which could have ultimately kept him off the exempt list leaving Big Blue with a little bit of control over the situation, was a simple statement.
Saying something like, “We are aware of the allegations against our player DeAndre Baker. While we want to see the legal process play out before making a final decision, we’re asking that DeAndre stay away from all team activities until he gets this legal situation cleared up due to the severity of the alleged charges.”
However, that statement never came and today’s short but sweet message from Judge will be what we’ll have to accept on the matter.
GM Dave Gettleman has been predictable silent on the matter as he is the one who is really on the hot seat for this perceived massive failure of a first-round draft pick that the rebuilding team gave up extra capital to move up a few spots and acquire.
Now that DeAndre Baker and the NY Giants are completely at the mercy of the NFL on this matter, you can expect that unless some miraculous plea deal – or an even more miraculous case dismissal – are the only two things that could potentially get Baker back on the field with Big Blue this year now, and both are longshots, to say the least.
It appears as though this case is heading to a trial and that could take years to settle. In other words, buckle up for a long ride.
At least we finally know where the NY Giants head coach stands on the matter.