EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.: New York Giants receiver Golden Tate bobbed and weaved in discussing his post-game fight with Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey last weekend, saying he wants to focus on helping the team finally get a win.
Speaking to the media for the first time since squaring off with Ramsey on the field after the Rams’ win Sunday, Tate refused to discuss the incident in detail on Thursday. He insisted he has put it behind him.
Both players face possible fines or suspension from the NFL. Their teams have indicated neither will face any disciplinary action from them.
In a virtual news conference after the Giants (0-4) practiced for Sunday’s game in Dallas (1-3), Tate said little when asked what happened after the final whistle in the Rams’ 17-9 victory over New York in Inglewood, California.
I dont want to backpedal and discuss that because I dont think, you know, going back to that is going to help us this week, Tate said. I really dont want to draw any more attention or put any more highlights out there that dont have anything to do with Dallas. So I just kind of want to keep moving forward and, you know, get a win this week.
Ramsey has not spoken about the incident.
.The two Nashville-area natives have a feud regarding Ramseys former relationship with Breanna Tate, the mother of Ramseys two young children and Golden Tates sister.
Ramsey and Breanna Tate broke up last year, reportedly while Breanna Tate was pregnant with their second child. Golden Tate made his displeasure with Ramsey known on social media, and it boiled over in their first on-field meeting since then. They had already engaged several times on the field during the game, and Ramsey made a spectacular, bone-crunching hit on Tate on a key third down in the fourth quarter.
Tate said he has spoken with his sister about the event in detail. He did not reveal what was said and again said he wanted to move forward. The 31-year-old receiver also refused to answer a question about regretting the incident.
Coach Joe Judge said his players told him that Tate did not throw the first punch. People in the stadium who saw the fight said it was hard to tell who instigated it.
Now in his 11th season, Tate is not sure whether the NFL will take action against him and Ramsey. A fine would be more probable than a suspension for an incident that was quickly broken up by fellow players and coaches.
Im just practicing trying to get ready for Dallas this week, Tate said. I mean, were hungry for a win right now. Thats all that matters. And I dont want to draw any attention away from whats important, which is Dallas.
At the end of his virtual press conference, Tate was asked about the lack of bruising on his face
I had my helmet on, he said.
AP Sports Writer Greg Beacham contributed to this report.
More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL