Fresh off the heels of safety Will Hill’s six game suspension, New York Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley received a suspension of his own, this one for four games for violating the National Football League’s substance abuse policy.
The Giants of course waived Hill, who went unclaimed off waivers. Hosley, however, is still with the team and spoke of his regret in having brought unwanted attention to the organization.
“I want to apologize to the ownership of the New York Giants. Those guys, they’re the ones that believe in me,” Hosley said unprompted. “The GM, Jerry Reese, my coaches and most importantly my teammates and the fans. My teammates, we go on the field every day and battle together. We spend time off the field together. I really don’t want this to be all about me and taking the attention away from the team because it’s about the team first.”
Hosley didn’t care to talk too much about his positive test that led to his suspension. Instead, he said that he made a mistake and now needs to move forward and stay focused.
“My coaches have expectations of me and I have expectations of myself,” he said. “We all make mistakes. Right now I’m just focusing on football, myself, staying focused and surrounding myself with good people and family who have always been there for me.”
Head coach Tom Coughlin, who earlier in the day said that the team’s handling of Hill, who was waived on Monday, was “the right thing to do” said he was disappointed in what transpired involving both Hosley and Hill.
“It’s disappointing as heck, as you can imagine,” he said.
Hosley, who is fighting for a roster spot amid a crowded cornerback group, said he’s determined to rebound from this mistake.
“It’s not about the mistake you made; it’s about how you overcome them, how you move forward, and how you approach your situation,” he said.
He also said that he dealt with the issues that he had to deal with initially following the incident and that he does receive counseling.
During his suspension, Hosley plans on using the time off from playing to get in extra practices and work outs so that he is ready when September 26, the first day he can be added to the roster, comes around.
For now, however, Coughlin wants his players to understand that the team is depending on each individual to do a job.
“This is your job. If you are willing to jeopardize your job for some other reason, then, perhaps, you don’t have your mind and priorities where they should be in the first place,” he said.