NEW YORK (WFAN) — On Monday morning, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz announced that he was going to undergo season-ending surgery and miss the rest of the season.
The video announcement was posted on Bleacher Report.
Later on Monday, Carl Banks joined WFAN co-hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts in his weekly spot, and he told the radio duo that he wasn’t a big fan of how the former Pro Bowler disclosed the information.
“It’s a new era, so forgive me, but I’m not making the announcement that I’m not coming back due to surgery after a loss like this,” the legendary Giant told Joe & Evan. “That news is not bigger, in my opinion, than any other guy who’s missed the entire season … The team releases that stuff anyway. And listen, maybe it’s not my generation. Maybe this is how they do it.
“But I do understand the process, and I don’t know if there’s a right or wrong on it. I’m just saying I don’t think it was the best decision … You’re formally making an announcement. You’re not retiring. You’re formally making an announcement that your season is over with. Well you haven’t played. Again, I love Victor Cruz, and I think he’s committed to getting better and helping his football team.
“But I don’t think that was the best decision he could have made, in holding a press conference or making a video announcement on social media. I don’t think he did himself any favors. Certainly, the medical staff probably wanted to handle it the way they wanted to handle it. It is what it is, but I thought he could have made a better decision. He’s still my dude. I don’t think that was a good choice.”
Cruz hasn’t played since Oct. 12, 2014, when he suffered a torn patellar tendon.