- Posted: 3:31 PM, August 19, 2012
“No way anything that occurs within this family or within this group should that be a part of any kind of social media aspect,’’ Coughlin said Sunday. “I’m gonna address that strongly because I’ve spent a little time on that this preseason and I’ll look into it further.’’
No doubt Coughlin is far more upset about the video of the incident than the actual incident, which falls in the line of fairly mild training camp pranks. The same cannot be said about about Amukamara, though.
“Yeah, um, well, I mean, I just don’t get it. I don’t understand the rules,” the second-year corner told NJ.com.. “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.”
But Amukamara and Pierre-Paul have no issues with each other whatsoever, according to a team source.
Coughlin promised to “address that strongly’’ when informed about a video posted on Twitter by Weatherford showing Jason Pierre-Paul giving Amukamara an unwanted bath, with an array of obscenities clearly audible.
“I’m learning about that today,’’ Coughlin said Sunday. “I’m gonna look into it, I’m gonna talk to the parties involved, as I’m understanding it there were some parts of it were inappropriate.’’
In the video – posted on Weatherford’s account – Pierre-Paul at training camp at the University at Albany slings the 6-foot, 207-pound Amukamara over his shoulder like a rag doll, carries him through a corridor and – with teammates cheering him on drops Amukamara into a cold tub. A teammate shouts “Stand up for yourself!’’ to Amukamara, who quickly hoists himself up out of the tub, wipes his eyes, doesn’t crack a smile and doesn’t look the least bit amused. Michael Boley, Chris Canty, Bruce Johnson and Terrell Thomas are also clearly visible in the video, which ends with a very-pleased Pierre-Paul uttering a string of profanities, including “He ain’t gonna do that [bleep] to me."
Canty says “Steve, let me see the footage,’’ presumably to Weatherford, who appears to be the player doing the videoing.
This is not the first time teammates have dumped Amukamara into a cold tub. He’s been on the receiving end of pranks before as the 2011 first-round draft pick slowly acclimates to life in the NFL.
Coughlin’s message no doubt was received by Weatherford, as by 4:30 p.m. he tweeted an apology, writing “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.’’