Justin Tuck spent a lot of time talking about people who aren’t here today. Besides his thoughts on Plaxico Burress, he also shared some words on Osi Umenyiora, the defensive end who is holding out over a desire for a better contract or a trade.
Tuck said he spoke with Umenyiora this morning.
“We had a great conversation,” Tuck said.
So what did they discuss, whether or not the Yankees can win in October with A.J. as their No. 2 starter?
“I don’t think Osi’s angry,” Tuck said of the conversation. “I think he realizes that this is a business and he’s doing what he thinks is best for him in this business atmosphere. You can’t blame him for that. A lot of people have different opinions on how he needs to handle this situation and do not see eye-to-eye with how he’s handling it, but he has to do what’s best for him. That’s all I tell him to do.
“My biggest concern is that he’s going to do something that is going to hurt Osi. We all know he can play this game and play it well. I just want him to have the opportunity to do that for as long as he wants to do it. I’m not one of those guys who is going to get in his ear and say ‘You need to be here, you need to do that.’ That’s not my position. I’m going to give my stance on it, he can take it for what it’s worth, and he knows where I stand. He knows that I’ll always be here supporting him. That’s basically what our conversation was about.”
Tuck said that the term “doing something to hurt Osi” meant having Umenyiora say something he’d regret. Of course, Umenyiora pretty much said what he thinks in a sowrn affidavit that was leaked last month.
“We all have been in situations where we wish we could take some things back,” Tuck said. “Osi’s a smart guy, he knows what he’s doing. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a quicker end to this than people think. But again, that’s just me being optimistic.”