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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Boo birds rile Antrel Rolle

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle isn't afraid to speak his mind, and on Tuesday, he took dead aim at his team's fans. Apparently Rolle believes that players should be granted immunity from booing after falling behind 17-6, as the Giants did Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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It's funny that Rolle seemed so excited to leave Arizona behind and perform on a bigger stage, but now he's discovering the downside. Fans in New York/New Jersey are more in touch with their emotions during games, and that's how they came to rain down boos on the Giants on Sunday.

"You don't boo your team," Rolle said on his weekly WFAN appearance. "This is your home team. We're out there playing. We're out there pouring our heart out for our team and for our fans. You don't boo your team. I don't care what the situation is. You don't boo your team.

"You know, we're 7-4. We're not 2-10, you know?" said Rolle. "There's going to be ups and downs during the season. [Not] under any circumstances should you boo your team. That's just the reality of it."

No, Rolle's statement has nothing to do with reality. When fans invest large amounts of money in personal seating licenses (PSLs), they should feel free to voice their displeasure via booing. And from what I saw of the first half, that was probably an appropriate response. Rolle's a solid player and an excellent quote. But his comments Tuesday were misguided. And he may hear about it from Giants fans Sunday. Then everyone can move on with their lives.