Early in the morning on Saturday, Oct. 24, a video surfaced online of Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley appearing to be partying without masks or practicing social distancing.
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano was told by a source familiar with the situation that the video was from Friday night. Jones, some teammates, and a few friends had dinner in a private room at a restaurant in Manhattan and were then invited to have a drink in a bar that is closed to the public.
Jones was asked about the incident for the first time on Thursday during a Zoom call with reporters.
"Certainly respect the question, and acknowledge the importance of it, but coach spoke about it the other day, and we have a way of handling those things," Jones said. "We're gonna handle it internally here, and our focus is on the Bucs this week and be prepared to play Monday night."
A source told Vacchiano that the NFL is investigating the situation, with the possibility that players could face discipline outside of the organization's potential discipline if the league’s COVID policies were broken.
Head coach Joe Judge addressed the situation on Tuesday, and said that the team would handle any potential discipline internally.
“I’ve spoken to all the individuals involved as well as the entire team on what happened this past weekend. We’re going to deal with things internally,” Judge said. “The only thing I’m going to say on that is this group of guys have been very responsible from the very beginning.
"They’ve tried to do the right thing every time. Based on the conversation and information I’ve gathered from our players, I believe they’re trying to do the right thing as teammates by going out and having dinner the other night. We have to make sure that we’re conscious as an organization in everything we do.”