The hits keep on coming for the Giants. One night after the team’s stunning fourth-quarter collapse in Philadelphia, Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley were reportedly seen partying in New York City, posing for photos with a man who goes by DJ Lugghead. Jones and Barkley, neither of whom were wearing masks, could face repercussions for flouting the league’s COVID protocol.
Zack Rosenblatt of NJ Advance Media has learned Barkley and Jones, along with other unidentified Giants teammates, attended a private dinner in New York Friday night. After dining out, the group accepted an invite to drink at a bar closed to the public, which is where the photos of Jones and Barkley, appearing without masks, were reportedly taken.
Lugghead’s Instagram story, which has since been deleted, indicated the DJ was performing a live set at Common Ground, a late-night spot in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Lugghead later disputed that claim, insisting the photos with Jones and Barkley were taken last year and the popular club “isn’t even open” right now. Despite Lugghead’s denial, Common Ground is indeed open, at least according to the bar’s website. Another source tells Rosenblatt Lugghead was hired as a driver for the group’s Friday night festivities.
Obviously, there are a lot of moving parts to consider, though the Giants seem to acknowledge that Barkley and Jones were out on the town Friday night, admitting as much in a statement that read, “We are looking into the nature and context of what is on the video.”
With COVID once again on the rise, the NFL has been cracking down on social gatherings outside of team facilities with players who violate these terms subject to heavy fines. Derek Carr and Darren Waller were among 10 Raiders fined earlier this month for not adhering to the league’s new safety measures during a recent charity event.
It’s been an eventful few days for Jones, who tumbled at the end of an 80-yard scramble in Thursday night’s defeat. Had the Giants quarterback managed to stay on his feet, he surely would have found the end zone for a walk-in touchdown. Meanwhile, Barkley who was lost to a torn ACL in Week 2, is slated to undergo surgery on his injured knee sometime next week.