Giving a guy a hard time is part of football — it’s what men are supposedly supposed to do. From innocent towel snapping to throwing a second year cornerback into a tub of freezing cold water, in a football locker-room no one is safe. But when does it stop being good natured fun and start being an issue that could put a rift in the middle of the New York Giants defense?
That’s the question at hand, as a video of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul throwing cornerback Prince Amukamara into a tub of freezing cold water has gone viral.
Here’s where it gets interesting though. The video starts and it all seems like a good natured prank. We’ve all been there where a beloved family member picks us up and tosses us into the pool — it’s a classic family get-together cliche. But in this video, it doesn’t look like Amukamara is putting up much of a fight.
The context of the video is unknown and the first sign that it could become an issue is the fact that Twitter took the video down, stating it violates their harassment policy.
With teammates following, Pierre-Paul squeezes his massive frame into a doorway and promptly dumps — and I mean dumps– Amukamara into a freezing cold tub. Instead of laughing it off, Amukamara angrily wipes his eyes and gets out of the tub looking very displeased. This isn’t a displeased look that guys getting innocently hazed wear, this is a look of a man who is seriously angry he just got thrown into a tub of cold water.
Amukamara proceeded to storm out of the room, with a few players accompanying him closely.
Head coach Tom Coughlin appears to be less-than-thrilled as well with the situation, saying that he’ll look into the incident, going as far as calling it inappropriate.
“I’m going to look into it, I’m going to talk to the parties involved,” Coughlin said Sunday, via Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “As I’m understanding it, there were some parts of it that were inappropriate. And in no way, anything that occurs within this family or within our group should be a part of social media. I’m going to address that strongly because I spent a little time on that this preseason.”
Now I get it, there’s a certain element of macho-man swagger you have to have in a locker-room. Is it stupid and all for show, most likely, but not everyone fits in with that attitude. Just because out uncles dump us in the pool doesn’t mean we like it. Will we get over it, yes. But for that time being we are not happy campers and hopefully for the Giants, Amukamara is a case of the latter.
The video speaks for itself. Either Amukamara isn’t a big fan of the macho locker-room antics that come with being a football player (who wants to get dumped in a tub, I mean honestly), or this was a case of locker-room bullying. You be the judge.