Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 5/31/13
Tom Coughlin's ruddy face seemed just a little redder than usual on Thursday. And it had nothing to do with the 90-plus degree temperatures heating up the air around the New York Giants practice. The Giants coach was steaming from the inside after his wideout Hakeem Nicks missed another OTA session without any explanation.  The big-play receiver was once again a no-show at the Giants' voluntary offseason training program — as he has been for the last two weeks — after telling Coughlin  he would be there. "At one point, Hakeem told me that he was going to be here, and then he was not here," the head coach said. "Now, the strictest interpretation, as everybody knows, is it’s a voluntary program." Coughlin knows he can’t make anyone attend a round of training sessions that are not mandatory. But Nicks’ absence, he said, is frustrating. He said he was "certainly" disappointed in the receiver’s unkempt promise to be there. "It’d be great to have all of our guys working and feeling good about the progress we’re making, and that type of thing," an annoyed Coughlin said. "That’s just from a coach’s perspective. You deal with some of this, pretty much on a yearly basis. And it’s a product of our system and that’s the way it is. I can complain all I want, but nevertheless, it is our system." Voluntary means the Giants can't force a monetary penalty on anyone for missing the OTAs but when a player can't make a practice, they usually inform the coaching staff. The 25-year-old Nicks has not been in touch with anyone in the Giants organization and has not released an explanation for his disappearance. The absences are not believed to be tied to any contract disputes (which expires at the end of the season) although sources have speculated that maybe Nicks is dealing with a personal issue. "I'm not saying anything," said Peter Shaffer, Nicks' agent. "I'm not being rude. I'm not saying anything and Mr. Nicks is not saying anything. Everyone's good, Hakeem's good." Everyone doesn't seem to include Coughlin.
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  • I don't blame coach, these guys are pros and they should take their profession seriously. I mean they get 5 months a year off and make millions. It's not too much to ask that you show up to organized team functions, even if they are not mandatory.
  • couldnt have said it better
  • The word is unkept. Unless Nicks has a messy promise.

    "He said he was "certainly" disappointed in the receiver’s unkempt promise to be there."

    I know its sports news, but some of us reading ARE literate and appreciate our news written by literate people.
  • If Nicks isn't displeased with the Giants there's something wrong with him. No NFL player likes to play out the final year of their rookie contract. For star players the second contract is usually the big one with guaranteed money. Should Hakeem get seriously injured this year he might never see that big payday. The Giants are apparently going to let Nicks play thru the coming campaign without long term financial security and then will no doubt franchise him the following season.
  • Just another spoiled, ungrateful,egotistical, "African American" punk who has dis-respected the city, the sport, and the team. If this over-compensated piece of crap isn't happy let him go find a real job where his antics won't be tolerated. No matter how talented he is, the team can't afford a bad attitude.
  • This shouldn't be turned into a black/white thing. It could be Nicks is just laying low because of all that's going on with Victor Cruz. What I don't understand is that showing up would just make him shine even more in the eyes of the Giants FO. One things for sure, the Giants are stacked at the WR position right now, so if I were Nicks or Cruz I would get my butt in gear real fast.
  • Nobody's suggesting It's black/white thing. It's just a black thing. The race seems to act with impunity and disregard for everyone and anything but itself. He's making more money than most Americans and doing very little work for it. As is typical, he makes mock of everything and pouts. Refusing to attend the sessions speaks volumes about him. How many non-black players pull this kind of crap? Why is everyone afraid to call it what it is?
  • Which race were you referring to....the Human Race I hope?!!

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