Cruz Learned Lesson The Hard Way
Len Pasquarelli
Publisher
Posted Nov 16, 2011


Victor Cruz might have become the second Giants wide receiver in the last four years to receive a gunshot wound in a nightclub early Tuesday morning. But a talk from Tom Coughlin has him convinced that a barbeque might be a better method of enjoyment.

Victor Cruz learned a lesson in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

Not a lot of good happens at 2:30 a.m.

"There's dollar pizza," Cruz said. "That's aboiut it."

As the Giants prepare for Sunday night's encounter with the 3-6 Eagles, one of the Giants' biggest offensive surprises of the season came uncomfortably close to taking himself out of the season at the Juliet Supper Club in Manhattan. He and Chris Canty, among five Giants who allegedly were partying at the club, had to dive under a table when gunshots rang outside.

The gunman killed one man and wounded two others. Luckily for Cruz and the Giants' contingent, they were nowhere near the shooting. But they were close enough to hear it.

"You hear something like that, it's very scary," Cruz said. "It's an unfortunate incident."

Coach Tom Coughlin and the Giants are sadly familiar with similar incidents. Just four years ago, in 2008, Plaxico Burress took himself and the Giants' season down with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his leg which cost him a two-year jail sentence for unlawful possession of a firearm.

Though Cruz' issue involved no such boneheadeness as to carry a gun into a crowded club, the message Coughlin delivered to him Wednesday was clear cut: nothing good happens at 2:30 a.m.

And teammate Canty, now hopefully the wiser to the dangers of late-night partying, agreed.

"Wrong place, wrong time is not an excuse," Canty said. "It's not going to keep you from being a potential victim.

"The first thing that goes through your mind is get out safely, get home safely. It’s an unfortunate tragedy. I hate that something like that is still happening. Something like that can take place. But it’s the reality of the world we live in. My mom says this all the time: 'The life you save might be your own.'"

So, as the Giants get ready to face an Eagles team that has lost four fourth-quarter leads and has looked anything like the "dream" fantasy team president Joe Banner assembled during the shortened free agent period, Cruz has vowed to stick to tamer pleasures.

Like back yard barbeques and family get-togethers. Things where nobody has any need of sidearms.



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