LB frustrated by team's poor performance

Updated: December 16, 2003, 6:47 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mired in the midst of a six-game losing streak, the New York Giants have shown questionable ability on the field. After Sunday's 45-7 loss to the Saints, linebacker Mike Barrow showed questionable judgment off of it.

Barrow, frustrated by New Orleans' dominance and the Giants' lack of competitiveness, used a rape analogy during a postgame interview to describe how he felt about the team's performance.

"I feel like I've been just violated," Barrow was quoted as saying in the New York Daily News. "I don't know what it is to be raped, not to be insensitive to people who have, but to me, this is my experience [of what it is]. It feels like they just held us down and just did whatever they wanted to us. It just felt bad."

Giants coach Jim Fassel told the newspaper that he would discuss Barrow's choice of language with him.

"Guys say things that I am sure they don't mean or don't want to say it that [way]," Fassel told the Post. "I don't know how he meant it. I am not defending it. But in his mind, he could be saying it and thinking of something else."