Until the controversy ignited the past two weeks about the alleged bullying of Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin by teammate Richie Incognito, the worst incident Amani Toomer had seen in his 13 seasons with the Giants was a fight between rookie tight end Jeremy Shockey and linebacker Brandon Short.
Shockey was being subjected to the kind of time-honored ridicule that rookies have endured for years, but he didn't like it and he did something about it.
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Shockey, a first-round pick in 2002, was ordered by Short to take part in the customary welcome routine for rookies.
"Name, school and signing bonus, son. Then sing!'' Short yelled to Shockey in the team's training camp cafeteria. Shockey wasn't in the mood because he hadn't slept much after an all-night trip from Miami to the team's Albany training camp. But he grudgingly obeyed.
"Jeremy Shockey, Miami Hurricanes, $3.3 million,'' he said.