Giants TE Jeremy Shockey upset with losing, fans, officials
Less than 24 hours after one of the best games of his career, the All-Pro tight end vented some leftover frustration from a 23-10 loss to Miami by criticizing fans who left the stadium with six minutes to play and the Dolphins ahead 16-10.
"Give up on us if you want to," Shockey said, his lower lip bulging with chewing tobacco. "If you want to leave, leave! Leave the game! Don't even come to the game! Give your tickets away!"
Shockey, who tied his career best with 11 catches for 110 yards, then excused himself for a second, walked about 20-feet to a garbage can and spit.
He returned without missing a beat on a day the Giants (2-2) pondered missed opportunities this season.
"It's just discouraging," Shockey said. "You have these people paying high-priced tickets, and it's all right. We have great fans, don't get me wrong. We have the best fans in the world, when we are doing things right.
"But when things are kind of hitting the fan and they are going bad, they don't want to have any part of us, which is fine. We play for ourselves. We play for ourselves and the coaches."
The comments were the longest by Shockey since this summer, when two magazine interviews got the second-year pro in trouble. He talked about sexual preferences in one interview and made derogatory comments about Dallas coach Bill Parcells in the other.
When asked to clarify whether he was talking about all Giants' fans, Shockey said he was speaking about the ones who left the game early.
Weather conditions were partly cloudy with temperatures in the mid 50s. The game took 2 hours, 57 minutes to play.
Shockey acknowledged the Giants could have played better against the Dolphins, but the sight of people leaving and empty seats among the crowd of 78,863 was upsetting.
"It was one play from not being over," Shockey said. "If we would have had one more chance. We feel as an offense, give us three or four minutes in the game and we could have done something."
Even after Ricky Williams stretched the Dolphins' lead to 23-10 with 4:16 to play, the Giants twice drove deep into Miami territory. Patrick Surtain ended the first drive with 2:33 to go with his second interception of the game.
New York was at the Dolphins 14 when the game ended.
Giants coach Jim Fassel understands Shockey's point, but he also understands that some fans don't want to be caught in post-game traffic.
"Our crowd has always been good," Fassel said. "They've always been loud. They were good yesterday. The only feeling I have about our crowd is that I want to deliver a win rather than a loss."
The fans weren't the only ones Shockey talked about on Monday.
He was also perplexed by a third-quarter taunting call against him on Sunday.
Shockey caught a 16-yard pass from Kerry Collins, was hit and his knee hit the turf. The officials ruled him down.
Shockey didn't think he was down and continued running. As the officials blew their whistles, cornerback Sam Madison hit Shockey several times around the helmet. Shockey eventually threw the ball at him.
"Blow the whistle. Stop the play," Shockey said. "He doesn't have to keep hitting me. Throw the flag at him. It's not my fault."
Shockey didn't deny throwing the ball at Madison.
"He hit me! I can't hit him back?" Shockey said. "Hey, I am not going to back down to anyone, I came here to win, help this team win, If some guy is hitting me after the whistle blows, I'm going to hit him back."
Shockey, who shows his emotion on the field, believes he has become a target for defenders because of his high profile and ability.
"Everybody is trying to take a shot at me," said Shockey, whose 11 catches were one more than he had in the first three games. "Hey, if they make a good play against me, they feel they have done something in the game. It doesn't matter to me. I just try to help the team win in any way."
This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index
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