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Contrite Kadarius Toney Opens Up About His Lapse in Judgment

Giants rookie receiver Kadarius Toney said his throwing a punch is not the example he wants to set for young fans.

New York Giants receiver Kadarius Toney aspires to be a good person and a role model for younger people looking up to him. But during the thick of competition Sunday against Dallas, Toney's objective was momentarily lost when he threw a punch at Cowboys defender Damontae Kazee.

On Monday, Toney took to social media to offer a heartfelt apology for his behavior, which resulted in his ejection from a game that he had otherwise been starring in for the Giant, and which could lead to a hefty league-imposed fine.

 "I felt like I needed to apologize to mainly everyone, because as far as little kids looking up to me and stuff like that, it’s not the example I want to set for them, you know what I’m saying?" Toney said Monday on a conference call with reporters. 

"I feel like, everybody makes mistakes and stuff like that, but at the end of the day we always have to be accountable for our emotions and our actions also."

Toney confirmed that he met with Giants head coach Joe Judge about what happened, but he wouldn't detail what was said. He also declined to revisit what happened on the field that led to his losing his cool, calling it "just a one-time thing,” which he has to learn from.


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“At the end of the day I know right from wrong,” Toney said. “I know it’s not boxing or hockey or anything else where you can just fight and stuff like that. At the end of the day I’ve gotta take I’ve gotta take responsibility for what I did and that’s just what it is. It was the wrong action, that’s just how I look at it.”

Judge, as is his wont, refused to say if the rookie would incur any discipline. 

"I spoke to KT. I’m not going to speak for him right now, I know he put something out there already, but I like the way this guy has responded to a lot of things and I’m confident he’s going to respond the right way to this," Judge said.

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