Almost two weeks ago, the media grabbed two fabricated horns on the New York Giants franchise and attempted to run as far as possible with the “stories.” It’s in quotes because there honestly wasn’t much substance to the simple fact that a video of football players in a camp locker/training room had their brand of antics make its way into the social media stream and then further into the public eye where incredible judgment awaited.
The reigning 2011 NFL World Champions virtually made it out of the offseason without really being the subject of this type of ridiculous, nonsensical banter. It’s unfortunate that one poor decision had been made and the non-news factor propelled it into something that was turned into weeks’ worth of the same. The real story that lies within this lesson is what didn’t happen.
In this day and age, it’s all too popular to utilize not only the media, but the fans to spread malcontent and unnecessary negative team information via social outlets that let the players become closer to their devout followers. The platforms are there, extremely easy to access and most ball clubs have lenient enough rules about them (other than on game day). Posting a statement on Twitter or Facebook spreads faster than releasing it to a designated news source or public relations representative.
What didn’t happen with this 46-second video was exacerbation. Head Coach Tom Coughlin issued his statements on his malcontent.
“As I'm understanding it, there were some parts of it that were inappropriate. In no way is anything that occurs within this family or within our group should that be a part of any social media aspect. So I am going to address that strongly because I spent a little time on that this preseason. I will look into that further….We have to be a good example for the young people and that’s a very important part of this,” Coughlin said. “When it affects other people in a negative or adverse way, then it’s an issue and then it has to be dealt with.”
Punter Steve Weatherford:
"I want to apologize to the fans… The video I posted was distasteful," Weatherford tweeted. "Our team is a family, and we love each other. I am sorry to the fans.”
And Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul:
“I don’t think Steve meant no harm,” Pierre-Paul said. “I think he meant it to be funny. For us guys, it was funny, but to the media and all the fans, they didn’t find it funny. I apologize to my fans. It was just a joke that gone bad.”
Both apologized for the organization and to the fans. Defensive captain DE Justin Tuck let his thoughts on how the media (and some of the fans) were running with obnoxious assumptions be known.
The End. The issue was dealt with in house and never made public again – at least not by anyone in blue, thankfully.
Each bit of spoken word that came from the New York Football Giants over a 48-hour period continued to show inner solidarity and respect for one another – even from cornerback Prince Amukamara. No amount of nudging from outside sources created tumult or turmoil in the inner blue sanctum. Things could have been exacerbated and made ugly as words like “hazing,” “bullying,” “Tub-Gate” and worse were tossed around. There was also no need for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to get involved (see butt-in) and launch an investigation, as the Giants remain a standup, private franchise that follows through with assurances – even if they are disciplinary.
While the NFL teams that continue to nationally own the headlines (New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys) are still doing so in a non-team/non-gridiron type of way indeed, the G-men remain focused on the task at hand: building on their December ’11 to February ’12 run. Anyone else want to extend a massive “Thank you” to General Manager Jerry Reese and Coughlin each for continuing to make this a paramount time to be a proud New York Giants fanatic?
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