Former New York Giants‘ wide receiver Kadarius Toney, still harboring strong emotions over being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, expressed his frustrations in a video recently released on the YouTube channel of Atlanta Jewelry Store ‘Icebox.’
Toney, the Giants’ first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft (20th overall), could be seen gesturing with a middle finger while proclaiming, “This is for everybody in New York,” after capturing a Super Bowl ring with the Chiefs during the 2022 season.
Amid discussions regarding the then-upcoming Super Bowl ring ceremony, which occurred on June 15th, Toney made his intentions clear, stating, “I’ma go to the middle of New York with that middle finger up!”
His remarks alluded to the lingering resentment he feels toward the Giants for giving up on him so quickly and trading him away after just one season, only to see him triumph with the Chiefs.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) June 21, 2023
The Giants made the decision to trade Toney to the Chiefs in exchange for a conditional third-round pick and a sixth-round pick after only one year with the team.
This move surprised fans and analysts, as Toney had shown glimpses of his potential during his rookie season, displaying his dynamic playmaking ability. Nevertheless, the Giants opted to part ways with the talented wide receiver, a decision that now appears to have fueled Toney’s desire to prove his worth.
During the regular season with the Chiefs, Toney’s statistics weren’t impressive, as he managed to catch only 14 passes in seven games. However, he demonstrated his value in the playoffs by contributing 7 catches for 50 yards.
Notably, Toney made a significant impact in the Super Bowl showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles, securing a wide-open touchdown pass. He further etched his name in Super Bowl history with a remarkable 65-yard punt return, the longest ever in the game’s history, solidifying his status as a key contributor to the Chiefs’ championship run.
Kadarius Toney legendary punt return ‼️ 🏆 pic.twitter.com/0BX8hQcOTn
— Chiefs Country (@CHIEFSCOUNTRY_) May 7, 2023
Toney’s actions and comments in the video reflect the deep-rooted disappointment he feels towards the Giants organization. While the circumstances leading to his departure remain unclear, it is evident that Toney views the trade as a premature abandonment, given his swift success with the Chiefs.
By flaunting his Super Bowl ring and making defiant gestures towards New York, Toney aims to send a message about his resilience and the impact he believes he could have made if given more time with the Giants.