Perhaps even more disturbing than New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara being dumped into the cold-tub by Jason Pierre-Paul was that there was a video of it. Even more disturbing was that the video was made public by punter Steve Weatherford for other players, coaches, and fans alike to see and hear. Not only did this further escalate an incident that did not need any media attention in the first place, but it publicly embarrassed Prince Amukamara, the teams 2011 first round pick.
On Sunday, the NFL said the incident was an "club matter" and would not be investigated. However, head coach Tom Coughlin had every intention of figuring out exactly what happened, and more importantly, why it was leaked to social media.
“I’m going to look into it, I’m going to talk to the parties involved,” Coughlin said. “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.”
"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." Weatherford tweeted.
Make sure to note that Weatherford did not apologize to Prince Amukamara for publicly humiliating him while enabling thousands to watch via social media, nor did he offer condolences to his teammates for unnecessarily creating a media firestorm. While the incident itself was borderline inappropriate, Steve Weatherford obviously employed poor judgment in publicizing the video.
However, with all that said, it's impossible to understand the dynamics of an NFL locker room if you have never experienced one. Although this incident appeared to be at the very least, in bad taste, there is no way to tangibly calculate the overall impact it will have on the current roster. With some professionalism, and dare I say common sense, this issue should fade into obscurity well before the Week one opener against the Dallas Cowboys. Hopefully, Weatherofrd's apology is the last we hear of this incident.
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