Osi Umenyiora fined $20K

INDIANAPOLIS -- Osi Umenyiora was a no-show during the New York Giants' media availability Wednesday morning and was fined $20,000 by the NFL.

The defensive end was fined just hours after not showing up for the mandatory 45-minute news interview session at the team hotel Wednesday morning. He was one of six Giants who were featured on risers to talk to the media, while the rest of the team was available in a large conference room. Justin Tuck and Tom Coughlin were on the main stage for their news conferences.

"I misunderstood the schedule," Umenyiora said in a statement released by the team. "It won't happen again, and I will be at tomorrow's media session and available after the game. I apologize for any inconvenience my absence this morning may have caused."

Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon had said Umenyiora was in meetings and will practice.

Coincidentally, Patriots left tackle Matt Light did meet with the media after missing practice and Super Bowl media sessions a day earlier this week due to illness. Umenyiora and Light have been involved in two skirmishes in previous meetings on the field, and the defensive end had said last week that he wasn't a Light fan.

On media day Tuesday, Umenyiora praised Light and refused to say he hated him.

"Matt Light is obviously a good football player," Umenyiora said. "We don't play each other enough for true hatred to develop. This is maybe my second or third time playing against Matt Light. There is no hatred there. Some of the things he has done, I wish he wouldn't have, but we're both professionals and he seems to be a good guy."

Light met with reporters at Patriots media availability and was asked about Umenyiora.

"Can you have an individual rivalry?" Light said. "I thought rivalries were maybe between teams in general. Hey, look, I'm ready to go out there and play whatever game I've got to play. We'll have fun doing it. I'm not sure that comes with a personal level, though."

"I don't know the guy personally, and we're not pen pals," Light added. "We've played football against each other. I'm not sure how you categorize that. No, I wouldn't view it as anything any more than anybody else I've ever faced."

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.