Kelvin Benjamin Says Giants Cut Him Because He Came To Camp Overweight, Rips Joe Judge For ‘Sabotaging’ Him
Kelvin Benjamin and the fat jokes are just going to continue after what happened today.
Earlier on Wednesday, Benjamin was seen walking off the field after being approached by coach Joe Judge and general manager Dave Gettleman. It was soon announced that he was being cut from the roster.
The 30-year-old Benjamin, who last played in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2018 season, would soon get to speak his peace about what happened and he revealed he was let go because of his weight.
Benjamin also laid into the head coach.
“It was just like they were trying to sabotage me to get me out of there,” Benjamin told NJ Advance Media in a phone interview on Wednesday night.
Benjamin is blaming Judge for the way things played out, calling his brief stint with the team “a hoax” and declaring Judge doesn’t have what it takes to ever lead the Giants to a championship.
“I just felt like from Day 1, once I stepped on the field, once I put on the colors, he never liked me,” Benjamin said. “He didn’t even want me there.”
The Florida State product was trying to make the Giants at a new position — tight end.
“I don’t want to bash anyone, but I just felt like Joe has had it out to get me since I walked into that team building,” Benjamin said. “It never felt right. The guy never even had a conversation with me until the day they signed me.”
He also revealed that the team wanted to fine him for being overweight.
Judge “was like: ‘We’re gonna fine you for being 17 pounds overweight.’ I was like: ‘How are you going to do that?’” Benjamin said. “I said: ‘So you want me to be a smaller tight end than when I played wide receiver.’ He had nothing to say. He quieted down.”
He stated Judge never told him Tuesday that he wouldn’t be able to practice Wednesday, so he assumed he was good to go.
“He didn’t even talk to me [Tuesday],” Benjamin said. “The day before practice, he didn’t bring all of this up. I just felt like the dude didn’t like me. Mr. Gettleman knew exactly what went down. Everybody in the building was telling me I looked great. I was feeling good. It’s crazy how they twisting the narrative about everything like it’s a joke. They make it seem like we don’t even matter. That’s the thing about humanity, man.”
“To be honest, man, I just felt like it was all a hoax,” Benjamin said of his brief time with the Giants. “I felt like they didn’t give me a chance. I finished the conditioning. I finished all of that. I did what I was supposed to do. Everybody in the building was telling me I looked great. They never wanted the narrative to be good about me.”
“Dave was the one that got me here — and Dave knew exactly what went down. I’m a team guy. I’ve been on a winning team before. I get the politics in the league and stuff. But the thing with me is: Don’t sit there and try to bash my game and let the story run wild. Just tell the truth. Be honest.”
Benjamin has spent time in his career with the Panthers, Buffalo Bills and Chiefs, and he has 209 career receptions for 3,021 yards and 20 touchdowns.