Peter Schaffer, the agent for New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, says the Yahoo! Sports report that his client missed day one of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) because he’s unhappy with his current contract, is absolutely false. However, Schaffer has declined to comment on why, exactly, Nicks did miss day one and is also expected to miss day two.
“New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was honored as a hero in the New York area at an event Tuesday night, but missed the team’s workout session Wednesday, which was erroneously reported by Yahoo! Sports as a form of protest for contractual reasons,” Jason Cole, who wrote the original story, wrote on Thursday.
Cole claim his source has since clarified their stand with the following explanation:
“We’ve all talked about our contracts and the things we’ve been through, like what’s going on with [wide receiver Victor] Cruz,” the source said, referring to Cruz’s refusal to sign a one-year restricted free agent tender for $2.879 million. “When you talk about money and what you think the team is doing right or wrong, sometimes feelings get really hard.”
In addition to correcting his original story, Cole took to Twitter, saying “I misunderstood my source. I apologize for the error.”
Errors in reporting happen; it’s the nature of this business. Most of the time, these sorts of hiccups are overlooked and easily forgotten. For Cole however, this was a relatively large story that was only compounded by the ongoing contract situation with Victor Cruz. Accordingly, it caught national attention and was spread like the wildfire.
All that said, fans should find solace in this retraction and clarification, although one does have to wonder why he’s not attending.
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