Shane Lemieux tackling Dexter Lawrence sparks ‘heated’ Giants training camp scuffle

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In the Giants locker room, offensive lineman Shane Lemieux is situated between Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence, two defensive linemen. On Saturday, that trio came together on the field in the most heated moment thus far of training camp.

The first scuffle of the summer, on Day 4 of camp, was triggered when Lemieux after a play tackled the unsuspecting Lawrence, no small feat, considering Lawrence is 342 pounds. Angered by this, Williams stormed in, ripped Lemieux off his defensive line-mate and body-slammed Lemieux to the grass.  It came and went quickly but it was fairly violent while it lasted.

 “It’s just heated, man,’’ Lemieux told The Post afterward. “People were tired, competing. Stuff happens. The O-line and the D-line, we’re interfaces. I feel like if you get in someone’s face for so long it’s like ‘OK, it’s enough.’  

“I love my teammates. Me and the D-line are boys and we get it. It’s so funny because we go out there and we battle all day out there. Everyday I come in and sit down [in the locker room] and go ‘What’s up, guys?  What’s good?’ We know we’re making each other better and we’re competing.’’

Shane Lemieux is taken down by Dexter Lawrence
Noah K. Murray-NY Post
The Giants had their first scuffle of training camp.
The Giants had their first scuffle of training camp.
Noah K. Murray-NY Post
Shane Lemieux speaks after sparking a "heated" scuffle at Giants training camp.
Shane Lemieux speaks after sparking a “heated” scuffle at Giants training camp.
Noah K. Murray-NY Post

As to the details of what sparked all this, Lemieux — lining up as the starting left guard — was not exactly forthcoming.

“I can’t even remember, I blacked out,’’ he said. “I just remember something happened and I was laying on the ground and there were five people on top of me, that’s all I remember.’’

There will be no lingering hard feelings, Lemieux promised.

“It stays on the field,’’ he said. “Even if we have a team period and then we go off to the side, it’s ‘What’s up guys? What are you seeing here?’ We work with each other because at the end of the day we’re a team. Right now it’s hard because it’s training camp but we’re a team.’’

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