Gerald McCoy says Bucs coaches yelled at him for helping an opponent up

Anwar S Richardson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy believes in sportsmanship.

His coaches do not.

McCoy, a Pro Bowler last season, was recently criticized by his coaches for being too friendly with an opposing player during a game. After knocking over that player, McCoy helped him up, but during a recent radio interview on 620 WDAE-AM in Tampa, the defensive tackle believed his coaches (assistants Bryan Cox and Randy Melvin) were out of line for their condemnation.

“I had my D-line coaches get on to me the other day,” McCoy said (c/o “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.”

So let’s get this straight.

Tampa Bay is 0-7 and could lose every game this season. Three players have been infected with MRSA, while offensive lineman Davin Joseph recently admitted he had a staph infection. Bucs fans have turned against coach Greg Schiano and want him fired. Tampa Bay’s offense has played poorly this season. Coaches are unsure how to use four-time Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis.

However, McCoy helping up an opposing player is a problem?

Just when you thought things could not get sillier in Tampa Bay, the tales of absurdity keep coming.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!