WR Tate apologizes for 'unacceptable' behavior

2:35 PM ET

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate apologized to the team last week and took full responsibility for self-described “unacceptable” behavior that got him benched for last week’s game against Washington.

Tate, speaking for the first time since yelling “Throw me the ball!” into the camera following a late touchdown in a Week 8 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and liking a tweet asking the Giants to cut him, was contrite Friday as he answered a barrage of questions about a rocky 11 days and season. He said his intentions were not to try to get himself traded prior to last week’s deadline as his role with the team continued to shrink.

“If you know me, if you know my game, I play with a lot of emotion, a lot of passion,” Tate said. “I just got caught up in the moment. I was wrong to draw attention to myself. I take full responsibility for that. I handled it the wrong way and, again, brought negative attention to our organization. It was something that won’t happen again.”

Coach Joe Judge had Tate working with the scout team as a result of

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