EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was honored as a hero in the New York area at an event Tuesday night, but missed the team's workout session Wednesday, which was erroneously reported by Yahoo! Sports as a form of protest for contractual reasons.
A team source, who had previously suggested to Y! Sports that Nicks may have been unhappy with his contract situation, clarified Thursday morning that he didn't know exactly why Nicks was gone and was making what he felt was an educated guess.
"We've all talked about our contracts and the things we've been through, like what's going on with [wide receiver Victor] Cruz," the source said, referring to Cruz's refusal to sign a one-year restricted free agent tender for $2.879 million. "When you talk about money and what you think the team is doing right or wrong, sometimes feelings get really hard."
Nicks, the team's first-round draft pick in 2009, is going into the final season of his five-year contract.
Nick's agent Peter Schaffer has declined to discuss with Y! Sports why Nicks missed Wednesday's session. However, Giants coach Tom Coughlin had hard feelings about Nicks' absence Wednesday because, apparently, he had not been informed about why Nicks not in attendance. Coughlin said he had expected Nicks to be there.
On Tuesday night, however, Nicks was honored by the United Way of New York as a "Hometown Hero." Nicks and New York Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson were given the awards at the 20th annual Gridiron Gala.
Y! Sports regrets the error.
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