New York Giants: Did Janoris Jenkins kill someone at his home?

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While New York Giants cornerback Janoris  Jenkins is at his off-season home in Florida, a dead body was found in his New Jersey home.

New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins‘s house in Fair Lawn, New Jersey turned into a crime scene on Tuesday as a dead body was discovered in it.

According to TMZ, Jenkins was out-of-state when the body was discovered by a worker at the house in the basement.

A source connected to Jenkins told TMZ that he has been in Florida since the end of mini-camp. The identity of the victim is unknown but police are investigating and are treating it as a homicide investigation, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports that the police are investigating the death as a possible strangulation/suffocation case.

“The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Fair Lawn Police Department are investigating a death at [Jenkins’ residence],” acting Bergen County prosecutor Dennis Calo said in a statement:

"“The deceased is not the owner of the residence, but the identity of the male decedent cannot be released until next of kin have been notified. The investigation is ongoing, and additional information will be provided when it is available and appropriate for release.”"

A spokesperson for the Giants said, “We are aware of and monitoring the situation,” per Keldy Ortiz of Law enforcement officials told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that Jenkins’s older brother, William Jenkins, is a person of interest in the case.

TMZ notes that William isn’t a suspect and that police just want to question him. The dead man has been identified as Roosevelt Rene, a friend of the Jenkins family who had been living in the house.

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Jenkins, who signed with the Giants in 2016, is one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks. He made the Pro Bowl in his first year with Big Blue. Last year, he had 31 combined tackles, a forced fumble, and three interceptions.

This news isn’t what the Giants or Giants fans wanted to hear. There is a possibility that the Giants could lose Jenkins for a period of time.

Losing Jenkins would be a huge blow to Big Blue’s defense as he is one of their best defensive players. The defense will probably struggle a little bit if the Giants lose Jenkins.

The good news is that Jenkins doesn’t appear to be the person that killed the man found dead in his New Jersey home. However, this could become a distraction as police try to figure out if Janoris had any type of a more significant role.

While it might not be a distraction when the regular season begins, it could be a distraction when the preseason starts, and the Giants don’t need any distractions as they try to recover from a dismal 3-13 season last year.

It turns out that his brother, William Jenkins, ended up being charged with the crime. But these are the kind of things that can still distract the Giants as they pursuit the 2018 season which such a big personal problem looming on him.

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So, let’s hope that Janoris Jenkins had nothing more to do with this case. It simply happened in his home while he was out of town, as of now.  If he does have a bigger role then it could haunt the Giants all season.