Giants coach fumes over video of dunking
The day after a game is normally when a coach goes over the video with his players. As the New York Giants gathered Sunday, though, Tom Coughlin's concern wasn't all about the footage from Saturday night's preseason win over the Jets. There was another video that drew his attention, one that was potentially embarrassing to the team and could have been seen by anyone with a computer.
A video of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul dunking cornerback Prince Amukamara in a cold tub was posted online by punter Steve Weatherford over the weekend. In the video, Pierre-Paul lets loose with a string of obscenities following the dunking, players chide Amukamara for not standing up for himself, and when he emerges from the tub, the second-year cornerback wipes his face and looks angered and unhappy with the treatment.
Coughlin said he learned about the video Sunday afternoon.
"I'm going to look into it, I'm going to talk to the parties involved," Coughlin said. "As I'm understanding it, there were some parts of it that were inappropriate."
There is no context to the video to determine exactly what happened. Pierre-Paul seems miffed over something. "He ain't gonna do that to me," he says near the conclusion. Amukamara certainly seems upset by the end, although he barely resists his dunking as Pierre-Paul carries him over his shoulder. And none of the other Giants appear to be doing anything to stop the incident.
Hazing of rookies is a common practice in NFL training camps, and Amukamara, who reported late to training camp last year and was injured almost immediately, likely avoided any initiations that normally meet a first-round pick.
But could there be more to it? Other players have often expressed a desire for the soft-spoken Amukamara to become tougher. He nearly got into a fight with Domenik Hixon earlier this summer in training camp but wound up absorbing a shove from the receiver and not hitting back. That led to Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck both encouraging Amukamara to stand up for himself in future altercations.
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