October 8, 2020 | 3:25pm | Updated October 8, 2020 | 4:18pm
Golden Tate avoided starting Round 2 against Jalen Ramsey.
In his first comments since a year-long family feud with Ramsey spilled into a Giants-Rams fight at the end of last week’s game, Tate did not address any of the specifics that led to the chaos.
But when it was pointed out Tate had no bruises on his face and that must mean he won the fight, the charismatic receiver broke stone-face for the first time in a nine-minute Zoom interview.
“I had my helmet on,” he said over laughter.
Ramsey is the father of two of Tate’s young nieces but broke off a relationship with Tate’s sister while she was pregnant with the ex-couple’s second child. The perceived disrespect — combined with Ramsey’s legal big hit on Tate during the game — had emotions running high when they met at midfield.
“I don’t even want to backpedal and discuss that because I don’t think going back there is going to help us this week,” Tate said. “I really don’t want to draw any more attention or put any more highlights out there that don’t have anything to do with [the next game against] Dallas.”
Asked if he regrets anything that happened, Tate took a deep sigh and replied, “Next question.” Giants coach Joe Judge twice made clear he doesn’t want the altercation reflecting poorly on team ownership or the type of culture tolerated on his watch.
No video of the incident has been publicized and the Fox broadcast showed only a swarm of teammates pushing and shoving in the aftermath,, but Judge said it is the position of Tate and his teammates that Ramsey threw the first punch and Tate was protecting himself.
Tate “is not sure what’s going to happen” as far as the NFL’s investigation into discipline. Ramsey, who still has not addressed the incident with reporters, was waiting for Tate outside the postgame locker room but the situation was diffused before it escalated, according to ESPN.
“My sister and I talked about it in detail, but that was it,” Tate said. “I want to move forward to this week because that’s what’s important.”
Tate is off to an admittedly disappointing slow start with 14 catches for 103 yards in three games. He won’t let the incident define his season.
“I haven’t thought about it at all since Sunday and Monday,” Tate said. “When I play well, I try not to read all the stuff. When I don’t play well, I try not to read it. We’re trying to get a win, and I’m putting all my focus on that to see what I can do better to help the receivers make some more plays.”