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Amukamara hazing video draws the ire of Tom Coughlin

Doug Farrar
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New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin may be a tough guy, but the last thing he wants is for his players to enforce their wills on each other. So, when punter Steve Weatherford posted a video of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul throwing cornerback Prince Amukamara into a cold tub at the team's facility after the Giants' 26-3 Saturday win over the New York Jets, Coughlin pretty much hit the roof.

"I'm going to look into it, I'm going to talk to the parties involved," Coughlin said on Monday. "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."

As it says in every locker room, "What you see here, stays here."

Weatherford, presumably after receiving a typical Coughlin blast job, deleted the video from his Twitter account and issued an apology in its place. "The video I posted was distasteful," Weatherford wrote. "Our team is a family, and we love each other. I am sorry to the fans."

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During the video, one of Amukamara's teammates (NJ.com hypothesizes that it may be linebacker Michael Boley) can be heard repeatedly yelling, "Stand up for yourself!" It's apparently a common theme from Amukamara's teammates, who want the 2011 first-round pick to play with more of an edge. Amukamara starred in Nebraska's defense, but struggled through injuries in his NFL rookie campaign. He played in just seven regular-season games, amassing 14 tackles and an interception, and he added three more tackles through the Giants' four-game postseason on the way to the franchise's second Super Bowl championship in the last five years. Amukamara also made two tackles against the Jets before he was thrown in the tub.

"Sometimes I think they take it overboard just because they're vets they get to be mean about it and tell you what to do," Amukamara said. "I just kind of flipped the whole script and kind of had fun with it with being insubordinate a little bit -- just so it can be more playful and I think that that whole vibe just creates a great locker room atmosphere."

As Coughlin recently said, having his young defender play with an "edge" is more about being healthy and getting reps. "That will happen. If he gets himself in position where he is comfortable and knows what he is doing, we have seen that other aspect — the physical part of the play. As a collegiate player, that is what he was. He was a physical player — he was a corner."

Meanwhile, some of his teammates might be standing in the corner for a while.

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