Giants RB Shaun Draughn spends day telling North Carolina fans he hasn’t gone over to the Duke side

By April 6, 2017 No Comments

Shaun Draughn bleeds only two shades of blue: Giants blue and Tar Heel blue. And he won’t tolerate any suggestions that he might go turncoat for the Blue Devils.

Draughn, 29, a Giants free agent signing, caught some playful heat on social media Wednesday and Thursday after Duke University men’s basketball tweeted a photo from Eli Manning’s offseason workouts showing Draughn, Manning and Giants teammates posing with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

In the photo, Draughn, who played his college football at North Carolina, is wearing a backward blue hat that matches Duke’s royal blue inside Coach K’s blue-and-white colored gym.

“Aye @2ShaunDraughn0, we got to talk man. Blink twice if you’re being held hostage,” tweeted Taylor Vippolis (@tvippolis), a former Carolina receiver and current Tar Heel offensive assistant.

Draughn, who caught flak from fans, too, pointed out that his hat was a New York Giants lid, which was evident in other photos Duke posted.

“He is NYG and ya(‘ll) shno (should know) dat,” Draughn tweeted. “I wore my Carolina shirt the first day and they didn’t snap any pix.”

Draughn also shared a photo from his Instagram account from day one, adding: “Nobody seen this one tho? I’m a Tarheel Born I’m a Tarheel bred and when I die ill be Tarheel Lol #daggummedia.”

Manning annually brings receivers to Duke to work on timing and chemistry. He goes to Duke because its football coach, David Cutcliffe, was Peyton Manning’s offensive coordinator at Tennessee and Eli’s head coach at Ole Miss, and they have remained close.

The Daily News’ Gary Myers first reported from the NFL meetings last week that Giants’ top free agent signing Brandon Marshall would be joining Manning this Monday through Thursday in Durham, N.C. Most of the Giants’ skill players, it turns out, traveled to Duke to participate.

Manning was joined by receivers Marshall, Sterling Shepard, Roger Lewis Jr. and Tavarres King, tight ends Will Tye, Jerell Adams and Rhett Ellison, and Draughn, per photos posted by both Duke and players. The Giants’ website also said backup quarterback Josh Johnson attended.

Odell Beckham Jr. did not attend because, per a Newsday report from the Final Four, Beckham — who was in Phoenix cheering on North Carolina to its national championship victory last weekend — was undergoing oral surgery this week.

The Giants open organized training activities on April 18. The NFL draft is on the horizon, too, April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

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