Coughlin calls Giants' hazing, video 'inappropriate'
Tom Coughlin isn’t happy and it sounds like Jason Pierre-Paul and Steve Weatherford, at the minimum, have some explaining to do.
A video Weatherford took and then posted to the World Wide Web shows Pierre-Paul in what can only be described as a hazing incident, carry teammate Prince Amukamara through the team’s facility and ultimately dumping him in a cold tub.
You can see video of the incident here and be warned it includes plenty of profanity.
“I’m going to look into it. I’m going to talk to the parties involved,” Coughlin said during conference call today, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “As I’m understanding it, there were some parts of it that were inappropriate. In no way is anything that occurs within this family or group, should that be a part of any kind of social media. So I’m going to address that thoroughly. I’ve spent a little time on that this preseason. So I’ll look into it further.”
Teammates were razzing Amukamara throughout the video and urged him to stand up for himself after he was dumped into the tip. Of course, the 6-5, 278-pound Pierre-Paul is a much larger man.
Pierre-Paul taunts him when the stunt is over and Amukamara was clearly less than thrilled. What prompted Weatherford to post the video on the Internet is unknown. Now, everyone involved had best provide some compelling answers for Coughlin, who seems just as upset the video was allowed to go viral as he is that the incident happened.
UPDATED: Weatherford has since taken to his Twitter account and apologized. Unfortunately, he can't prevent the video from circulating to points far and wide.
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