The Giants spent Sunday scrambling to do damage control after a video of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul dumping cornerback Prince Amukamara into a cold tub and the effort continues on Monday.
Defensive end Justin Tuck is one of the players discussing the video and he’s putting a different spin on it than we heard on Sunday. That was when Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger reported that Amukamara has been dunked eight times because the team wants him to show more edge and because they don’t yet consider him to be done with his rookie year because he missed time with a broken foot last year.
Tuck said that Amukamara wasn’t dunked because his teammates were hazing him or giving him a hard time about his lack of edge. It was all about the love.
“We don’t dunk guys who we don’t think will be a part of our team and are going to help our football team,” Tuck said, via Tom Rock of Newsday. “It’s kind of a good thing that you get dunked. I know that doesn’t sound right, but Prince is one of those guys who everybody around this room loves and we find him to be one of the most amusing guys. He kind of in some ways enjoys the fact that we give him a hard time. Again, we’re still very sensitive to the fact of the bullying epidemic that’s around this world and how people can perceive it in the wrong light. We’ll just try to be very conscious of that.”
Amukamara also said Monday that he doesn’t consider it hazing and said that Pierre-Paul, who said he won’t be doing it again, has nothing to apologize about. Punter Steve Weatherford, who shot the video that started the whole thing, said that it was just a simple case of “horseplay” that everyone is overreacting about.
Whether or not you agree with the Giants’ assertion that this was all just an unremarkable bit of locker room culture, you still have to wonder about one thing: If this is all just about how much they love one another, why are the Giants so concerned that it has become public?