New York Giants tight end Darren Waller released a music video Thursday that seemingly alludes to his recent divorce from WNBA star Kelsey Plum. Waller’s future with the Giants is still uncertain, as he has not yet reported to OTAs and has repeatedly claimed to be considering retirement.

The music video, in which he speaks to a woman presumably representing Plum, depicts a distraught Waller lamenting the loss of a loving relationship. He expresses regret and resentment through auto-tuned lyrics and increasingly intense imagery. The music video culminates in the woman stabbing him in the back and leaving him lying face down on a beach.

Social media users’ reactions to Waller’s new song are mixed. Some are using it as an excuse to discuss his split with Plum further, a topic that has been reinvigorated several times since the WNBA season began. Others, mostly Giants fans, have expressed frustration that their tight end is releasing music videos instead of reporting to off-season training with the team.

“I haven’t [set a deadline], but I know at the end of the day, you know, there’s going to be no considering in reevaluating past when people report to camp, but I feel like I am getting an inch closer to a decision,” Waller said about retirement last month.

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Waller was in the midst of a solid season with the struggling Giants last season when he tore his hamstring and had to miss more than a month of action. He finished the year with 52 catches for 552 yards and a touchdown in 12 appearances.

At 31, Waller’s potential retirement would likely be related to his health rather than his age. The tight end has had issues with injuries for his entire career, and those setbacks have taken a toll on his ability in recent seasons. Based on the content of his music video, it’s also a distinct possibility that he could step away from the sport to deal with personal matters. 

While the Giants remain patient for now as Waller contemplates, the team will likely have to decide before June as it prepares a roster for 2024. The team has picked up several receivers to give returning quarterback Daniel Jones more options through the air, putting Waller in an even more uncertain position between the lines.

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