Giants' Kadarius Toney on ejection vs. Cowboys: 'It's not an example I want to set'

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Kadarius Toney runs with ball vs. Cowboys
Kadarius Toney runs with ball vs. Cowboys

Kadarius Toney was immediately reprimanded by Giants head coach Joe Judge after throwing a punch on Cowboys safety Damontae Kazee. Before referees announced his ejection, Judge ran up to him on the field and told him to go to the locker room. It was an embarrassing moment for both him and the team in a blowout loss to Dallas.

But 24 hours later, Toney understands that fully. He issued an apology on Twitter and elaborated more with reporters during a conference call on Monday.

“Me and Judge talked, stuff like that. But really it was just a one-time thing, you know? I’m a rookie making early mistakes. Just got to learn from it and build off it,” he said.

“I feel like I need to apologize to mainly everyone because as far as little kids looking up to me and stuff like that, it’s not an example I want to set for them. I feel like everybody makes mistakes and stuff like that, but at the end of the day, we always have to be accountable for our emotions and our actions also.”

What Toney was doing in the moment was sticking up for TE Evan Engram, who was doing just that for him after a hard tackle following the whistle. When Toney got up after making another first-down grab, he balled his fist and shot it at Kazee’s helmet (luckily, he missed or it could’ve been worse for him physically).

So, while Toney might have been sticking up for Engram and showing grit, he knows there’s other ways to do that then throwing a punch and getting ejected.

“It’s moral thing. At the end of the day, I know right from wrong,” said Toney. “This isn’t boxing or hockey or anything else where you can just fight and stuff like that. At the end of the day, I have to take responsibility for what I did.

“I could’ve responded differently. That’s how we look at it.”

It was a shameful ending to the best game Toney had in his early career, too. With 10 catches for 189 yards, the shifty receiver proved that he can be a force for the Giants for years to come, as the Cowboys needed multiple people to take him down. We saw flashes of that in the win over the New Orleans Saints, but in his first taste of this division rivalry, he was clearly the best player on the field, which should leave the Giants smiling in that regard when they watch the tape.

“It really felt special going out there and executing the game plan,” Toney said. “We worked over the plays over and over and over throughout the week and it just felt good to execute at a high level going out there.”

But the punch is the bigger story at the end of the day, so for Toney, it’s all about controlling emotions and letting his play do the talking.

Judge said during his availability that any discipline on Toney will be kept in-house. The NFL could fine him up to $36,148 for his incident, though a suspension is not likely to come.