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Kimberly Jones of NFL Network on Jason Pierre-Paul’s Amputated Finger – 7/9/15

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KIM JONES HERE
OF NFL NETWORK AND MEDIA GROUP
ON PHONE.
SO I WILL JUST GIVE YOU THE
FLOOR.
YOU TELL ME HOW MANY FINGERS
JASON PIERRE-PAUL HAS AND HOW
MANY OF THEM ARE FOOTBALL READY
AS THEY CURRENTLY ARE IN.
>> THAT'S ACTUALLY A VERY GOOD
QUESTION THAT I CANNOT ANSWER AT
THE MOMENT BECAUSE IN ADDITION
TO THE AMPUTATED RIGHT INDEX
FINGER HE DOES HAVE A FRACTURED
THUMB THAT HAS BEEN REPAIRED
WITH PINS AND HE'S, OF COURSE,
UNDERGONE OTHER SURGERIES AS
WELL, AND I'M BEING TOLD, RICH,
YOU'RE TALKING TIMETABLES AND
WHETHER THERE'S OPTIMISM HERE
FROM HIS PARTICULAR CAMP AND
WOULD I TELL YOU THERE PROBABLY,
IS FOR MANY REASONS WHICH WE CAN
GET INTO, IF YOU LIKE.
BUT THEY BELIEVE, AND JASON
PIERRE-PAUL HAS BEEN TOLD, THAT
IN SIX WEEKS HE WILL BE BLG ARE
COVERED FROM THESE INJURIES
BECAUSE THAT IS THE LENGTH OF
TIME THAT THIS THUMB WILL TAKE
TO RECOVER.
HE HAS BEEN TOLD THIS.
I'M NOT VOUCHING FOR THIS.
I'M SAYING THAT'S WHAT HE HAS
BEEN TOLD AND THE OTHER INJURIES
HE'S DEALINGWORK THE OTHER
ISSUES WILL ALL CLEAR UP WITHIN
THAT SIX-WEEK TIME FRAME.
IF IT SEEMS A BIT OPTIMISTIC, I
WOULD AGREE WITH YOU, BUT UNDER
THE CARE IN MIAMI THAT IS WHAT
HE'S BEING TOLD.
>> KIM JONES JOINING ME ON THE
PROGRAM.
I KNOW THE GIANTS MANAGEMENT
BETTER THAN MOST, KIM, AND YOU
KNOW THEY ARE A UNIQUE GROUP OF
PEOPLE.
STEVE TISH VISITS PLAXICO
BURRESS IN JAIL.
THE MARA FAMILY HAS A BIG HEART
AND THEY WERE SAYING, LOOK,
LET'S LOOK AT YOUR FINGER.
LET'S HAVE YOU FLY INTO NEW YORK
TO SEE SOME HAND SPECIALISTS.
WE†-- YOU KNOW, WE'RE THE NEW
YORK GIANTS.
WE'VE GOT SOME INS HERE IN THE
COMMUNITY.
YOU KNOW TOM COUGHLIN, AS
HARD-NOSED AS HE IS, HE HAS GOT
A BIG HEART IN THAT CHEST OF
HIS, BUT MY QUESTION TO YOU
LEARNING FROM TWIT THEIR HE'S
HAD HIS FINGER TAKEN OFF, WHAT
DOES THAT MEAN FOR HIS
RELATIONSHIP FOR THE GIANTS,
KIM?
>> I THINK IT WILL BE FINE AND I
THINK IT ACTUALLY IS FINE AND
USING THE PLEXICO IS THE ONE
I'VE USED AS WELL.
LISTEN, YOU COULD MAKE THE CASE
AND SOME HAVE THAT HE RUINED
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN ANOTHER
SUPER BOWL SEASON FOR THE GIANTS
AND AS YOU NOTED PEOPLE VISITED
HIM IN PRISON AND EMBRACED HIM
AND HAD COMPASSION FOR HIM.
THEY WILL NOT ABANDON JASON
PIERRE-PAUL.
I WOULD BE INCREDIBLY SURPRISED
IF SOMEHOW HE WAS NOT A NEW YORK
GIANT THIS SEASON.
THAT BEING SAID, WAS THERE
INITIALLY ANGER?
PERHAPS.
I'M ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THERE WAS
SHOCK.
I THINK WE WERE ALL SHOCKED AT
THE NEWS AND I THINK YOU'RE
RIGHT THOUGH THAT JOHN MARA, THE
TISH FAMILY, JERRY REESE, THE
GENERAL MANAGER, TOM COUGHLIN,
WILL THEY HOPE THAT JASON
PIERRE-PAUL HAS LEARNED A VERY,
VERY TOUGH LESSON?
YES, THEY WILL, BUT MY SENSE IS
THEY WILL WELCOME HIM BACK AND
REALLY, REALLY RIGHT NOW ARE
HOPING THE BEST FOR HIM AS A
HUMAN BEING AND THEN TAKING CARE
OF HIMSELF.
>> HOW IS IT SITTING WITHIN THE
NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY FAN BASE,
THIS WHOLE STORY?
>> I THINK THAT'S A GOOD
QUESTION AS WELL, RICH.
IT'S A MIXED BAG.
YOU CERTAINLY HAVE THE PEOPLE
WHO FRANKLY COME ACROSS AS IF
THEY WERE NEVER 26 YEARS OLD
MAKING A BAD DECISION BECAUSE
THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS WAS A
BAD DECISION, BUT ONE THAT MANY
PEOPLE MAKE AND SKATE THROUGH,
AND THIS TIME IT DIDN'T WORK
OUT.
THIS TIME HE PAID AN INCREDIBLE
PRICE FOR FIREWORKS.
ANTREL ROLLE, THE FORMER GIANT
AND FORMER CAPTAIN OF THE GIANT
ON SOCIAL MEDIA SAYS HE SETS OFF
FIREWORKS EVERY JULY 4th AS A
TREAT FOR THE CHILDREN IN HIS
EXTENDED FAMILY AND THAT THIS IS
BAD LUCK AND THAT HE KNOWS AND
BELIEVES THAT JASON PIERRE-PAUL
WILL BOUNCE BACK.
SO WAS THERE A BAD DECISION HERE
AND BAD JUDGMENT?
YES, AND, FRANKLY, YOU KNOW,
IT'S†-- IT'S A LIFE-CHANGING
DECISION THAT TURNED OUT IN A
WAY THAT ABSOLUTELY NO ONE WOULD
HAVE HOPED AND CERTAINLY HE DID
NOT FORESEE.
>> AND SO WHAT ABOUT THE
CONTRACTUAL MACHINATIONS THAT
WILL HAVE TO BE†-- THAT THERE'S
BUSINESS TO BE CONDUCTED ONCE
EVERYBODY FINDS OUT JASON
PIERRE-PAUL'S CONDITION AND HIS
READINESS TO PLAY FOOTBALL AND
HIS DESIRE TO REMAIN A GIANT AND
THE DESIRE FOR GIANTS TO HAVE
HIM BE SUCH.
YOU SAY THAT'S STILL THERE.
WHAT ABOUT THE CONTRACTUAL
MACHINATIONS OF SIGNING A
CONTRACT AND WHEN HE CAN BE SEEN
BY THE GIANTS?
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT
RIGHT NOW, KIM?
>> HE'S STILL IN THE MIAMI
HOSPITAL, AS WE SPEAK.
THE EXPECTATION IS THAT AS OF
YESTERDAY WAS THAT IT WOULD BE
ANOTHER COUPLE OF DAYS SO
WHETHER THAT'S TOMORROW OR OVER
THE WEEKEND, YOU KNOW, AGAIN,
NOT BARRING ANY SETBACKS OR
SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
WE JUST DON'T KNOW, BUT IT IS
EXPECTED TO BE RELATIVELY SOON
HE'S DISCHARGED.
I WOULD EXPECT HE WOULD PLAY
UNDER THE $14.8 MILLION
FRANCHISE TAG.
AGAIN, THE GIANTS WILL CONTINUE
TO HOPE THAT, A, HE'S BETTER AND
IMPROVED AND RECOVERED AND, B,
OF COURSE, THAT HE CAN HELP THEM
ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD PROVIDED
HE'S DOING WELL OVERALL IN LIFE,
AND THEN THEY WILL GO FROM THERE
WITH HIM, BUT HE'S VITAL TO
THEIR DEFENSE, RICH.
YOU KNOW THAT AS WELL AS ANY OF
US.
STEVE SPAGNUOLO INSTALLING A NEW
SYSTEM HE'S GOING TO BE VERY
AGGRESSIVE.
A LOT OF THAT AGGRESSIVENESS IS
PREDICATED ON A PASS RUSH THAT
EVEN WITH JASON PIERRE-PAUL ON
THE FIELD LAST YEAR THEY OFTEN
DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH OF A PASS
RUSH.
THEY CAN'T GO WITHOUT HIM AND
EXPECT THAT TO IMPROVE THIS
SEASON SO HE IS VITAL TO THE
GIANTS CHANCES ON DEFENSE, IN MY
OPINION.
>> KIM, LET'S PET YOUR OLD YES
NETWORK HAT BACK ON HERE, A-ROD.
YEAH, LET'S THROW A-ROD OUT
THERE, RIGHT?
A-ROD IS NOT ON THE AMERICAN
LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME†-- ALL-STAR
TEAM AND DO YOU THINK HE
DESERVES TO BE ON THAT TEAM?
>> I DID.
NOW, I LIKE STORIES.
I'M A WRITER AT HEART AND I LIKE
STORY LINES AND IT WOULD HAVE
BEEN A GREAT ONE.
THE PLAYERS DIDN'T VOTE HIM IN.
THERE'S PROBABLY SCARS FROM HIM
TAKING ON THE UNION AND THE
UNION CHIEF AT THE TIME AND
MICHAEL WEINER WHO WAS DYING OF
CANCER AND HAS PASSED AWAY
SINCE.
HE LEFT SOME SCARS RICH, BUT
WHAT HE'S DOING THIS SEASON IS
REMARKABLE, AND YOU WOULD GET A
KICK OUT OF THE FACT HERE IN NEW
YORK, EACH BY THE NEW YORK
MEDIA, HE IS ALMOST UNIVERSALLY
BEING COMPLETELY EMBRACED.
IT'S LIKE A WHOLE NEW LOVE
AFFAIR WITH ALEX RODRIGUEZ.
>> AMERICA'S SWEETHEART, KIM.
>> VERY MUCH SO.
>> ENJOYED YOUR INTERVIEW WITH
CARLI LLOYD WHO ACTUALLY MIGHT
BE AMERICA'S SWEETHEART.
>> ARE YOU JERSEY?
>> WE LOVE IT.
ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.
>> WHERE IN JERSEY ARE YOU FROM?
>> I'M FROM PENNSYLVANIA, LIVE
IN BERGEN COUNTY NEW JERSEY NOW
SO WE EMBRACE EVERYTHING ABOUT
THE WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM AND THE
CHAMPIONSHIP.
>> I'M FROM STATEN ISLAND.
HALF THE PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, THREE
BRIDGES ATTACHED TO NEW JERSEY.
LAW, YOU'RE A PHILLY GUY.
THAT'S JERSEY, RIGHT?
YOU FROWN UPON IT.
>> I COULD STATE COLLEGE.
MY OLD MAN LIVED IN KING OF
BRUSHIA.
I GOED WITH THE PHILLY TIES.
>> THE IMPRACTICAL JOKERS ARE
FROM STATEN ISLAND, RICH.
>> I KNOW, WE'VE HAD THEM ON.
WE'VE HAD THEM ON.
>> IT'S GREAT.
IT ALL COMES FULL CIRCLE.
>> KIM, THANKS FOR CALLING IN.
APPRECIATE IT.
>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.
>> WE'LL CHAT AGAIN SOON.
@KIMJONESSPORTS.