Prince Amukamara hazing video: Giants’ Steve Weatherford apologizes for tweet
New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford apologized Sunday for tweeting a video of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul dunking second-year cornerback Prince Amukamara into an ice bath.
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
— Steve Weatherford (@Weatherford5) August 19, 2012
On Friday, Weatherford promoted the video, one that has caused controversy in and out of the Giants’ organization. The video was full of explicit language and some racial epithets, and it miffed head coach Tom Coughlin when he found out about it on Sunday. He didn’t specify whether he had seen the video, but he said he was going to look into the situation.
“I’m learning about that today,” Coughlin said on a conference call with reporters. “I really didn’t have any information about that until maybe an hour ago, an hour before this conference call. I’m going to look into it. I’m going to talk to the parties involved.”
“Anything that occurs within this family or within our group should not be a part of any social media aspect,” he added. “I’m going to address that strongly, and I’ve spent a little time on that this preseason, but I’ll look into it further.”
Meanwhile, Amukamara told The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., after Saturday night’s preseason victory over the Jets that he was confused over why he was hazed, since NFL veterans typically save that training-camp treatment for rookies.
“Yeah, um, well, I mean, I just don’t get it. I don’t understand the rules,” he said. “I mean, I’m not a rookie anymore, so I don’t know why I’m getting thrown in the tub. I know it’s all love.
“Yeah, no one ever likes it, especially when it’s you vs. eight and no one’s helping you. But it doesn’t mess up our team morale or anything.”