New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins had a lot more than football to worry about over the past month.
In one of the more troubling stories of the offseason, a dead body was found at Jenkins’ house on June 26. Eventually, police announced the body was that of 25-year-old Roosevelt Rene, a family friend who was living at the Jenkins home. A day later, police charged William Jenkins’ Jr., Janoris Jenkins’ brother, with aggravated manslaughter.
About a month later, Janoris Jenkins reported to Giants’ camp to go about his job. On Sunday morning, he spoke to the media for the first time since his brother was charged.
What was Jenkins’ reaction to the news?
Like everyone else, Jenkins said he was shocked by everything that happened at his New Jersey house. Jenkins was not in the state when Rene was found dead.
“The things that happened I can’t control cuz I wasn’t there … It’s shocking but I still gotta focus on playing football,” Jenkins said to a group of reporters, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.
In the NFL world, the story died down quickly when it was clear that Jenkins, a former Pro Bowl cornerback, wasn’t involved. But it’s presumably an incredibly difficult situation for Jenkins, who said he’s just trying to concentrate on football.
Jenkins says he hasn’t spoken to his brother
Jenkins told the media on Sunday that he hasn’t spoken to his brother yet. However he said he’d like to speak to him at some point to “figure out where his head’s at,” according to Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media.
Jenkins also answered football questions, like his thoughts on new defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s scheme. Leonard tweeted earlier Sunday that Jenkins is having a good start to camp and doesn’t seem to be bothered by any distractions. That has to be a tremendous challenge.
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