You'd think, after being accused of bullying and watching a teammate get drummed out of the league for the exact same offense, you'd be a little self-aware, a little understanding of the fact that maybe you need to toe the line regarding treatment of teammates.
You'd think that, but that, my friend, is why YOU ARE WEAK AND WILL NEVER MAKE IT IN THE NFL. Because you, my friend, are presumably not Miami's Mike Pouncey, who greeted the news of the Dolphins' drafting of offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James with this:
Great pick! I can't wait for our gifts he's getting us lol— Mike Pouncey (@MikePouncey) May 9, 2014
Pouncey, along with then-teammate Richie Incognito and John Jerry, was one of the key Dolphins implicated last season in a wide-ranging investigation of bullying in the Miami locker room. Former Dolphin Jonathan Martin was the initial focus, but an independent investigator's report found that the Dolphins had created a culture of bullying and harassment, one in which rookies were expected to take the abuse, and pay exorbitant sums of money for meals and vacations for veterans.
Pouncey is the only one of the "ringleaders" still with the Dolphins. Incognito is out of the league for the moment, Jerry signed with the Giants, and Martin is now a member of the 49ers. Pouncey still faces potential disciplinary charges from the NFL itself.
So, yeah: it was a joke, but then, Pouncey isn't getting paid for his razor-sharp satirical wit. Pouncey said he liked the pick, but didn't dazzle with his follow-up tweets, like this defense:
Warren Sapp weighed in, and for once, Sapp was both brief and on point:
Pouncey's one of the best in the game at his position, and the Dolphins recently picked up his option for another year. So he's dealing from a position of strength. Thing is, in the NFL, no matter how strong you are, there's always somebody bigger than you. Sure, Pouncey was joking. But it's his team and his fans, not the rookies, that are the butt of that joke.