The NFL announced that the New York Giants defensive end has been fined $20,000 for failing to make himself available to the press Wednesday morning, four days before the Giants meet the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
It's not believed that Umenyiora's absence was related to injury or illness -- ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk reports that Umenyiora was present at team meetings shortly after he missed the media session.
During Tuesday's media day, Umenyiora spoke at length about a season that didn't always proceed as he planned. He had a contract dispute in training camp, ultimately demanding a trade, and later missed seven games due to injury.
"I had to swallow my pride. I had to do a bunch of different things. You have to sacrifice for the team. That's just what I've been able to do this year, and we've been successful,"Umenyiora said Tuesday during Super Bowl Media Day. "Would I have dreamed it? No. Things happen like that sometimes. I think everything that went on, it was rough. But at the end of the day, we pulled through and I pulled through and we're here."