Amukamara appeared to express both sides of the argument when asked for his reaction.
“Yeah, um, well, I mean, I just don’t get it. I don’t understand the rules,” last year’s first-round pick told The Star-Ledger. “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.”
The debate over the video was just that: Was this a form of chemistry-building hazing or did it go too far? And was Pierre-Paul’s use of vulgarities and racially-insensitive words a problem or typical banter between players?
Amukamara, who didn’t struggle at all while Pierre-Paul carried him and dumped him into the tub, said he used to fire back but eventually decided simply accepting it was the better tact.
“Um, I just don’t think that’s the right way to go,” Amukamara said. “Now, if it’s on the field and something like that happens, someone does a cheap play, for sure I’m going to protect myself. But if it’s out here (in the locker room) and it’s just for fun, then no.”
During the video, a player (perhaps linebacker Michael Boley) can be heard yelling to Amukamara, “Stand up for yourself!” It’s been a running theme for the players, who have been trying to get the engaging, easy-going Amukamara to develop an edge.
Amukamara estimated he landed in the tub eight times last year. He also had his shirt and tie cut as a prank.
“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 in an interview with The Star-Ledger back in January. “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.”
Former Giants safety Deon Grant said he’d protect Amukamara “until he gets to talking too much.” Asked if he did anything to provoke this latest toss into the tub, Amukamara said, “I don’t think I did. Ask them.”
Pierre-Paul and many other veterans left the locker room on Saturday before reporters entered.
Amukamara isn’t sure when he’ll stop being the brunt of rookie-type punishment. He claims the veterans have told him he has three more regular-season games before he’s considered one of them, though it’s possible he misinterpreted their referencing the preseason games.
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