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Saquon Barkley Advises Teammates: ‘Never Pick a Battle With the Fans’

Former Penn State RB Saquon Barkley has only played in two of the Giants’ games this season, so it hasn’t been a fun year for him individually.

Collectively, the Giants have been terrible.

Through four games, New York is 13 and has lost its three games by an average of more than 26 points.

This past Monday night, the Giants got embarrassed in their home, the Meadowlands, for the second time this year, losing 24-3 to the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. The home fans weren’t too happy, so they booed. At least one of Barkley’s teammates publicly took exception to the booing.

“Why would a lion concern himself with the opinion of a sheep?” New York offensive tackle, Evan Neal, told New Wednesday. He added that the fans booing “flip hot dogs and hamburgers somewhere.”

Neal later apologized for the comments.

On Thursday, Saquon Barkley was asked about what Neal said, and after applauding Neal for his apology, was offered advice to Neal and any of his teammates.

“Never pick a battle with the fans,” Barkley said. “You’re never going to win that one. They’ve been here before and they’re going to be here after us, and that’s just the truth.”

Barkley said he felt Neal “could have used his words differently.”

“But, in some cases, he’s right. Knowing that you’re getting booed… Basically, how I took it, outside of the hamburgers (comment) and stuff like that, he definitely could have chose his words differently there, but, at the end of the day, we’re all we got. We have to do better in the football field, we have to perform better, because at the end of a day, its an entertainment business.”


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