When Trevor “Trevor Story” Johnson has a good night, he’s a tough guy to watch.
That’s how Johnson described himself in a recent interview with The Times of India.
“I’m not going to lie, I’m a tough kid.
I’m not a tough person, but I am a tough competitor,” Johnson told the Times.
“And I’m going to be able to do that in this league.”
When Johnson’s comments came to light in an interview with ESPN’s Outside The Lines, the Giants defensive coordinator expressed regret for his comments.
“That’s not my character,” Johnson said.
“My character is just who I am.”
He continued, “If you’re a tough, mean, mean person, you’re not going be able in this business.
You can’t do it.”
Johnson’s comment was picked up by NFL Network, and he has since been fired by the Giants.
“You’re not a ‘tough’ kid, Trevor,” ESPN’s Mike Sando told Johnson in a phone interview.
“If he’s saying that about you, he was a good teammate.
But he was wrong.”
Sando, who played for Johnson for the Giants from 2007-10, was on the receiving end of Johnson’s infamous “sucker punch” on the field during a training camp practice in 2011.
“He had a good practice today,” Sando said.
He continued: “I don’t know why it happened.
It’s hard to explain.
And it was just a bad practice.”
Sandor was one of several Giants players who spoke out against Johnson, including defensive end Brandon Mosley and cornerback Brandon Browner.
Browner was suspended for the entire season for his role in the altercation.
“Terrance Johnson is not a locker room guy,” Browner said.
The Giants were not the only NFL team to condemn Johnson’s behavior.
“No one who plays this game has any right to attack someone who is not in the locker room,” NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington wrote.
“In a locker-room setting, this type of conduct would be called roughing the passer.
If a teammate makes a bad call, it should be addressed internally and punished internally.
And if someone is in a locker box, there should be consequences for the coach or the team that makes that call.”
Johnson was also a member of the Jets’ 2015 playoff team.
Johnson has been the Giants’ starting nose tackle for the past four seasons.
He has a combined six sacks in the two seasons since leaving the Giants, and his performance has earned him respect from teammates, coaches and fans.
“It’s tough, but he’s going to do what he has to do to stay on the right path,” defensive tackle Jason Pierre-Paul told ESPN’s Michael Rothstein in 2015.
“When he has a bad day, he goes through the playbook, he studies the film, he talks to us and we all get along.
But when he has that kind of a day, you think, ‘Well, Trevor’s just not going get it right.’ “