JEREMY SHOCKEY SAID he might not show up at the New York Giants' mandatory minicamp on Wednesday.
Making his first public comments since breaking his leg in a game against the Redskins in mid-
December, Shockey said he's upset with the Giants' front office for allegedly fueling rumors that he's unhappy with the team.
"Unlike the Giants, I'm going to be quiet," the 27-year-old tight end said at the Powerade Pro Challenge in Flushing Meadows (N.Y.) Corona Park on Saturday. "They've released multiple things about myself and if you look back into the media, there's always a source. Well, I'd like to know who this source is, and we'll go over here and we'll deal with it ourselves, because I
haven't said one negative thing toward the Giants in the newspapers."
The Giants have said they want to keep Shockey. They even turned down an offer to trade him to the New Orleans Saints.
To be sure, Shockey - still nowhere near 100 percent - has been the subject of recent criticism.
There were stories about him not showing up for the team's Super Bowl parade or ring ceremony. He also received flak for sitting in a skybox instead of being on the field for the Big Game itself.
He didn't address the first two issues Saturday, but as for his Super Bowl seat he had the following exchange with the New York Post's Steve Serby:
Shockey: " . . . the truth is, I went to the Super Bowl game to go watch my team play; the Giants wouldn't let me sit on the sidelines with my teammates - I was forced to sit up in a box."
Serby: "And that ticked you off."
Shockey: "Words can't explain."
So where will he be on Wednesday?
"I plan on fulfilling my contractual obligation but the No. 1 thing that I'm going there for is to be with my teammates [who] I miss so much," he told the Post.
But in another report he said:
"Who knows? I might go to see my mother in Texas. I have no idea."
Stay tuned. *
- Tom Mahon