I said, "What do you mean 'where was I?' I told you I was going to Green Bay."
"Yeah, but I didn't think you were leaving then."
"I told you I was."
"You just can't take off like that. What would have happened if somebody had gotten hurt?"
"That's why I asked."
"I don't want to talk about it anymore." That was it. It cost me $750.
The Giants were in the middle of a seven-game losing streak when I was finally activated. We were in St. Louis and the Cardinals were beating the hell out of us, 42-17. I was sitting on the bench next to Spider Lockhart. It's the fourth quarter with only a couple of minutes to go. All of a sudden I hear them calling my name. It's Rosey Brown saying, "Go on in." I said, "You're kidding me." He said, "No, go ahead in." I looked at Spider and he has a big grin on his face. He said, "They gotcha."
I put on my helmet, thinking a lot of good this is going to do. As I walked by Alex I said, "What do you want me to do, Coach, win it or just tie it up?"
Then, on Nov. 19, I walked into the clubhouse and my locker was cleaned out. You think Mother Hubbard's cupboard was bare, you should have seen that locker. I found Alex and he said I had been "suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the Giants and to professional football."
My first reaction was, "What did I do?" I honestly didn't know.