COMMENTARY | Does Victor Cruz need a reality check? On Monday (June 3), the New York Daily News reported that the dynamic receiver was in talks for his own reality television program, news that quickly made the rounds on social media and was panned by fans of the New York Giants.
Big Blue's Pro Bowl wideout promptly took to Twitter to deny he was interested in such a project. "This is truly God testing me for something much bigger. Never EVER doing a reality show. Nor am I in talks for one," tweeted Cruz (@TeamVic), who once turned down an invitation to appear on "Dancing With the Stars." Cruz's tweet directly contradicted quotes attributed to him in the Daily News.
"It is going to be something that is very unique to me and very unique to what I like, and like to do," Cruz was quoted as saying. "We are still fielding some requests, so we will see how it goes - the timing has to be right, and I have got to squeeze in some training in there before the season start."
So who should we believe? And what should we believe?
I want to believe in Cruz, but it's difficult to say. Frankly, he shouldn't even be entertaining thoughts about non-football side projects. Cruz is seeking a long-term extension from the Giants, who are not fond of that sort of thing. Besides, reality television is for D-list celebrities and washed-up athletes, not professional football players in their prime years. Cruz, who is entering his fourth year in the National Football League, has nothing to gain by appearing in any kind reality show.
Even if the story is not true, it's just another reminder that Cruz has not reported to camp and may have too much time on his hands. So let's hope that he signs an extension soon -- incidentally, Cruz hasn't signed his $2.879 million restricted free agent tender to date -- and gets back to playing football.
Cruz is a key part of the Giants' offense, and with the team's defense coming off a season in which it allowed a franchise-record 6,134 yards, scoring lots of points has become absolutely necessary. For that, they need a focused Cruz. That's the reality of the situation.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer with more than 15 years of experience covering amateur and professional sports for several print and online media outlets. He tracked the New York Giants for Yahoo! Contributor Network during the team's Super Bowl run in 2011-12. Adam can be found on Twitter @Pegcitysports.
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