Shockey is in trouble because of comments
The Giants tight end was quoted as being disrespectful to Bill Parcells.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Jeremy Shockey popped off about gays on Howard Stern's radio show, and he makes opponents' blood boil with his on-field antics.
He once made an obscene gesture and hit children in the stands with a cup of ice -- in the same game.
Now, the New York Giants' outspoken tight end is in trouble again, this time because he reportedly called Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells a "homo."
Shockey's remark appears in next week's New York magazine, which interviewed the All-Pro last month. Shockey, however, now insists someone else made the remark.
Will not be fined
Giants coach Jim Fassel said Friday that Shockey would not be fined.
Shockey takes on Parcells for comments he was told the former Giants coach made about him on TV last season.
"Let's see how much Parcells wins this year," Shockey is quoted as saying. "I'll make him pay when we play them. The homo."
Shockey didn't want to comment "on something that's just not true," he told the Daily News of New York after the Giants lost an exhibition game in Foxboro, Mass., on Thursday night.
"I'm 100 percent sure I didn't say that," he added, contending he thinks the writer got the comment mixed up from something the player's friend might have called Parcells.
New York magazine spokeswoman Serena Torrey said Friday the magazine stands by the story and the reporting by writer Chris Smith.
Interview was taped
Smith has worked for the magazine for 15 years, writing on a range of subjects. The interview with Shockey was taped, Torrey said.
"It's obvious that if Jeremy had it to do over again, he would use a different set of words than he used at the time so the writer would not have interpreted his comments the way he did," Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon told The Associated Press. "Jeremy is learning that there is no such thing as a throwaway line or throwaway word."
Hanlon said Shockey would not be available for comment Friday. The NFL declined comment.
Parcells did not hold his daily news conference Friday because the Cowboys left for Arizona after practice. Team spokesman Rich Dalrymple said Parcells would not comment about Shockey, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wouldn't comment about a player on another team.
Fassel said he spoke briefly to Shockey about the comments after Thursday's game against New England, and the tight end insisted he was quoting friends. The coach planned to meet with Shockey and advise the second-year player on handling interviews.