The defending champion New York Giants asserted their dominance over the New York Jets on Saturday night, but that’s not what anyone is talking about today. No, the topic of discussion as it pertains to the Giants today centers solely around a video that was posted to Twitter this weekend by punter, Steve Weatherford.
In the video, Jason Pierre-Paul can be seen carrying Prince Amukamara to an ice tub and then dropping him in. Amukamara’s visible discomfort during and after the incident coupled with Pierre-Paul’s ridiculous giddiness throughout has led many to wonder whether there is tension in the Giants locker room that we previously may not have been aware of.
For his part, head coach Tom Coughlin came out on Sunday and made it known that he didn’t approve of what transpired.
"Anything that occurs within this family or within our group should not be a part of any social media aspect, " Coughlin said. "I'm going to address that strongly, and I've spent a little time on that this preseason."
Shortly thereafter, Weatherford tweeted this:
I want to apologize to the fans... The video I posted was distasteful. Our team is a family, and we love each other. I am sorry to the fans— Steve Weatherford (@Weatherford5) August 19, 2012
When asked about the incident, Amukamara seemed a bit unsure of where he stood on what happened.
“Yeah, um, well, I mean, I just don’t get it. I don’t understand the rules,” last year’s first-round pick told The Star-Ledger. “I mean, I’m not a rookie anymore, so I don’t know why I’m getting thrown in the tub. I know it’s all love.
“Yeah, no one ever likes it, especially when it’s you vs. eight and no one’s helping you. But it doesn’t mess up our team morale or anything.”
Did Jason Pierre-Paul go too far, or is this just standard delayed rookie hazing? (Prince was injured last year, so maybe they couldn't haze him properly then.)
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