Huffington Post – While they understand the public’s concern over what might be perceived as an apparent hazing incident involving Prince Amukamara, several New York Giants insist that throwing the second-year cornerback into a tub of ice water was a football tradition and not bullying.
Amukamara and Jason Pierre-Paul, the Pro Bowl defensive end who threw him into the metal ice tub, maintained Monday that they are friends and there was nothing personal involved.
Neither would say what triggered the obscenity-laced incident.
Why people are making this into such a big deal is beyond me. I’m pretty sure this isn’t even considered hazing. Actually, I knowthis isn’t hazing. He was thrown into a tub of ice cold water. People do that voluntarily in the locker room. They didn’t get to haze Prince last year due to the fact that he was hurt. This is a tradition on just about every NFL team…hell just about every professional sports team.
The only reason this became a story is the fact Steve Weatherford put the video online. I disagree with the fact that he posted it to begin with, since I believe locker rooms should be kept private – even to the extent of keeping interviews and media outside of them.
And for the language – what do you expect? There are dozens of guys (teammates mind you) all together having some fun after practice. They’re going to talk like that. “Swear like a sailor…swear like a man in the locker room.” That’s just how it is.
I love how this is also the biggest headline for the Giants this preseason. The Jets can have all the attention they want.