Giants' Kayvon Thibodeaux responds to Jeff Saturday's criticism: 'I don't know who he is'

Kayvon Thibodeaux of the Giants on the sidelines in the second half. The Houston Texans at the New York Giants in a game played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on November 13, 2022.
Kayvon Thibodeaux of the Giants on the sidelines in the second half. The Houston Texans at the New York Giants in a game played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on November 13, 2022. / Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com / USA TODAY NETWORK

Indianapolis Colts head coach Jeff Saturday was none too pleased with Giants edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux’s snow angel celebration following a sack of Nick Foles in Sunday’s game, calling it “tasteless” and “trash.”

On Wednesday, Thibodeaux was asked if he had a response to Saturday’s criticism, to which he said he was unaffected because was unaware of who Saturday is.

“Who is the gatekeeper of when to do something? So, once we figure out who the gatekeeper is, then we can write the rules and then we can establish the narratives and things like that, but until you guys are actually in the sport and do it, you can’t create a narrative on it,” Thibodeaux said.

“I don’t know who he is. Anybody who comments on it, unless I know who they are, it doesn’t really affect me.”

Thibodeaux celebrated a sack of Foles in Sunday’s 38-10 win over the Colts by performing a snow angel on the MetLife Stadium turf. Foles stayed down after the hit, but Thibodeaux said after the game he was unaware that Foles was hurt when he did the celebration.

“Quite sure that (Thibodeaux) didn’t know the player was hurt,” Giants head coach Brian Daboll said earlier this week. “Kayvon is a good young man, and I know he responded to questions about that yesterday. So, I’ll leave that to him.”

The No. 5 overall pick in this year’s draft, Thibodeaux has come on strong after a knee injury slowed his start as a pro. In 14 games, the University of Oregon product has registered 49 total tackles, 4.0 sacks and two forced fumbles -- returning one for a touchdown.