Kayvon Thibodeaux has zero regrets about his celebration and how Jeff Saturday and the Colts feel about it.
Thibodeaux caught major heat when he sacked Nick Foles which left him with an injury to his ribs. Soon after, he would be on the ground next to him doing a snow angel celebration. Moments later, after Foles was carted off, Thibodeaux was seen celebrating again, this time mimicking Foles “going to sleep.”
The Giants rolled over the Colts in Week 17, winning 38-10 to clinch a playoff spot.
Colts interim coach Jeff Saturday called Thibodeaux and his celebration “tasteless” and “trash.”
On Wednesday, Thibodeaux responded to Saturday’s comments. “I don’t know who [Jeff Saturday] is. Anybody who comments on it, unless I know who they are, it doesn’t really affect me,” Thibodeaux said, via SNY.
“So what am I supposed to do now? Every time I sack a quarterback, stop and look and make sure and help him up?’’ Thibodeaux said Wednesday. “You don’t play the game for anybody to get injured.
“But I play defense. They brought me here to be a savage and to take over the game and to impact the game. We preach impacting the game is affecting the quarterback and that’s what I’m here to do.’’
“You don’t play the game to intentionally hurt anybody but that’s the nature of the sport so you just keep it moving,’’ Thibodeaux said. “People can say anything about anything. I’m not really too worried about what people are saying. I know the intent of what — I play this game to be successful and the only way I’m successful is if I take down quarterbacks. That’s what I get paid to do, that’s what I did and celebrations are legal in football. I celebrated and God-willing he continues to get better and continues to recover.’’
“Who’s the gatekeeper of when to do something?’’ he said. “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. Until you guys are actually in the sport and do it and be in that moment you can’t create a narrative on it.’’
Thibodeaux, drafted No. 5 overall this year, has been a key member of the Giants’ defensive front, logging his third sack in five games thanks to the takedown of Foles.
His celebration looks even worse given what has happened with Damar Hamlin.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.