Speaking on Friday for the first time since being benched for disciplinary reasons, Giants WR Golden Tate took "full responsibility" for actions he called "unacceptable" and said he wasn't trying to get traded.
"I believe in this organization," Tate said. "I believe in where they're heading. I believe in the people that they're bringing in to be a part of this. I'm thankful that I have an opportunity to be a part of it, and I know that I'm excited to be a part of it now -- and hopefully that I can do my part to get us to where we want to be."
The issues that led to Tate's benching included screaming into the camera about wanting the ball more after catching a touchdown in the Giants' Week 8 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tate’s wife also took to Instagram to complaining about his usage before eventually deleting the post.
"I wasn't aware at the time that she had said anything," Tate explained on Friday. "But in my wife's defense, she is and she will always be my biggest fan. I disagree with her taking it public. That's one thing, I'll always have her back. And I know that she was -- in her mind -- protecting me. And she was calling it as she saw it at the time, without having spoken to me or (understanding) what had happened prior to that.
"It's unfortunate that we drew, collectively, this type of attention to our organization. We're trying to win ballgames. For that, I felt the need to apologize to this entire organization for drawing that negative attention, for one. And also my negative body language on the field. From here on, we don't have to worry about that ever again."
Giants head coach Joe Judge said earlier this week that he expected Tate to be active for Week 10's matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, though Tate's status is now up in the air due to a knee injury he suffered during practice on Thursday.