If you haven't heard or seen by now, New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford recently uploaded a video to Vumee.com that shows defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul carrying cornerback Prince Amukamara from the locker-room to the cold tubs outside. He then proceeds to flip Amukamara over into the cold tub as several teammates look on.
On the surface, it initially appears like a good old fashioned prank or perhaps some sort of retribution. However, reaction to the video has been surprisingly negative, with several concerning factors having been pointed out. We've embedded the video below, but will warn you that it is not safe for work (NSFW) as it contains questionable and, at times, vulgar language.
YouTube has removed one copy of this video claiming it violates the site’s “policy prohibiting content designed to harass, bully or threaten.” A second copy (seen above) has been marked "age-restricted" based on their community guidelines – specifically their bullying policy. That's significant to note as several media outlets, including Pro Football Talk, condemn this video as exactly that: bullying.
Now in his second year, Amukamara is no longer a rookie and seemingly immune from rookie hazing – something the NFL frowns upon anyway. That, coupled with his obviously upset and angry look after emerging from the cold tub, seems to raise some concerning flags. Moreover, teammates can be heard urging him to "stand up for yourself" and to "get down!"
After Prince departs, JPP can be heard saying "You ain't gonna do shit to me" as he high-fives a few teammates.
Beyond just the "prank," the injury concern looms large in this indecent. Should Prince have caught his ankle or leg, or perhaps even his head, on the corner of the medal cold tub, a serious injury could have occurred … and you can bet head coach Tom Coughlin was the first one who pointed that out after he saw the video.
More to the point, is this prank taking things "too far?" What say you, Giants fans?
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