Ron Rivera claps back at Joe Judge: Talk about yourself; talk about your own team

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Ron Rivera didn’t initially seem so upset by Joe Judge’s derogatory comment apparently directed at the Washington football team. Rivera said earlier this week that he found it “interesting” that Judge’s 11-minute rant of “this is not a clown show” includes “this is not a team fighting on the sidelines.”

The judge appeared to be shooting straight at Rivera’s squad since Washington defensive linemen Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen battled on the bench in a 56-14 loss to the Cowboys in Week 16.

Rivera adopted a different tone on Friday on the Kevin Sheehan Show, berating the Giants coach.

“To be blunt about this, it disappoints me because someone makes a comment like this without really knowing the circumstances of the situation we went through,” Rivera told Sheehen, via SB Nation’s Ed Valentine. “I mean for god’s sake you know if you pay attention to what’s going on you would have found out that we just had one of our most popular players. [Deshazor Everett], a very popular guy among his teammates, had a terrible car accident where his longtime girlfriend was killed. We had another player [Montez Sweat] who lost his brother to murder, and then we had another player who lost another brother.

“There are reasons why things happen, and shooting people when people are going through what they’re going through, that’s not fair. If you don’t know and understand other people’s teams, talk about yourself; talk about your own team. This is what is right.

Since then, the judge has said his remarks about the “sideline fights” and “clowning show organizations” were not directed against the Washington football team.

The Giants host Washington on Sunday in the season finale for both teams.


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