Posted November 01, 2013

Gerald McCoy: Bucs coaches upset I helped up opponent

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Gerald McCoy was flabbergasted at the grief he took for helping up an opponent. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Gerald McCoy was flabbergasted at the grief he took for helping up an opponent. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy says he was scolded for one of the most basic acts of sportsmanship.

McCoy, who made the Pro Bowl last season, said in a radio interview with a Tampa-area radio station that he took grief from Buccaneers coaches for helping an opposing player up during a game.

Here are his comments, via Yahoo’s Anwar Richardson:

“I had my D-line coaches get on to me the other day. Well, not get on to me, try to get on to me. There’s no way they’re going to get on to me for this. They got upset with my because I helped somebody up [in the game.] So what! I don’t care. Kiss my butt. Listen, if I want to help somebody, I’m going help somebody up. Because right on the next play I’m going to knock him down again. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter.

“That doesn’t change how hard I play. As long as in between the whistles. I’m not helping anybody up, it doesn’t matter. So what if I help them off the ground? ‘Good job; we’re out here competing. But as soon as they snap the ball, I’m going to kill you again.’

“There’s nothing wrong with that. Everybody’s not like that. If you don’t want to be like that, keep it to yourself. I don’t care. I don’t go tell them, ‘Hey, you’re not doing this. You’re not doing that.’ I don’t care. Everybody does what they do. If I help somebody up, get over it. Get over it.”

According to JoeBucsFan.com, McCoy made the comments after catching heat from a fan caller who repeatedly told him he doesn’t have enough “dawg” in him.

The Buccaneers are 0-7 heading into a Sunday matchup with the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks.

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14 comments
Octavio
Octavio

Team Schiano - taking the "sports" out of "sportsmanship."

jdane
jdane

Two guys who are famous for this were Big Daddy Lipscomb in the old days, and more recently, Tim Duncan.  I love watching scrubs on the floor, realizing that there's no way they can be tough guys and refuse the hand of an MVP.

DrZin
DrZin

Helping opponents up is stupid; getting up again and again is a huge part of the fatigue factor. Fine this guy.

DSM
DSM

What petty, juvenile macho bs! It is both the right thing to do and the smart hing to do. It makes your opponent less psyched to knock your head off and the refs less likely to call you for penalties.

ScottKent
ScottKent

This is the type of attitude the NFL could use more of...besides, it just might earn you the benefit of doubt with a ref sometime when it matters. The good guys are as known as the dirty players on the field, wish that were true everywhere.

JohnDThorpe
JohnDThorpe

Isn't this the same head coach that had his players blow up someone's victory formation? 

It's hard to believe those clowns are still coaching in the league. These aren't children trying to prove something between plays -- these are grown men. They play hard between the whistles and they're one brotherhood the rest of the time.

Bob F
Bob F

We all love ya Gerald. You've been a class act since your days at OU, and probably before that. 

el-cid
el-cid

Good attitude.  

Dshban11
Dshban11

They're probably just trying to keep him from spreading MRSA....

ozaudioman
ozaudioman

Cool Cat McCoy is a good guy...always has been. Good for you Gerald! Now go kill the guy again on the next play LOL

mr6
mr6

@DrZin  

  Did you ever play any sport at all, or strictly watch from the couch?

Jerkzilla
Jerkzilla

@JohnDThorpe yes it was the Giants game last year.  I thought Coughlin was gonna punch him in the face.  Foreshadowed the mess Schiano's short NFL tenure would be.  Hope he was only renting in Tampa.

cgregory
cgregory

@mr6 @DrZin He's probably referencing how exhausting it is for him to get up off the couch throughout the games.