Two weeks ago, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and his longtime girlfriend Elaina Watley were in Miami, attending the wedding of New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire and Alexis Welch. The two couples hit it off during a GQ-hosted trip to Milan last offseason and have since become close friends. While in Miami, Cruz tried his best to block out any talk or thoughts of his looming contract situation with the Giants. It was a vacation. A chance to escape.
But since a breakout two-touchdown performance versus the "Dream Team" Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3 of the 2011 season, there's been no real vacation from contract talks surrounding Cruz. Whether in Miami for a wedding or Milan for Fashion Week or Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, it's followed him everywhere he's gone.
When he represented the Giants at a Nike event in which the NFL's new uniforms were unveiled to media in March of 2012, a crowd of reporters steamrolled past superstars Brian Urlacher, Ben ...