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Video of JPP dunking Prince goes viral

New York Giants Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during NFL

New York Giants Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during NFL football training camp. (July 30, 2012) Credit: Hans Pennink

By now you've probably seen it.

A video of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul dunking cornerback Prince Amukamara in a cold tub was posted online by punter Steve Weatherford over the weekend. In the video, Pierre-Paul lets loose with a string of obscenities and nasty words following the dunking, players chide Amukamara for not standing up for himself, and when he emerges from the tub the second-year cornerback wipes his face and looks angered and unhappy with the treatment.

Tom Coughlin said he learned about the video on Sunday afternoon.

“I’m going to look into it, I’m going to talk to the parties involved,” Coughlin said. “As I’m understanding it there were some parts of it were inappropriate.”

There is no context to the video to determine exactly what happened. Pierre-Paul seems miffed over something. “He ain’t gonna do that ---- to me,” he says near the conclusion. Amukamara certainly seems upset by the end, although he barely resists his dunking as Pierre-Paul carries him over his shoulder like a fireman. And none of the other Giants appear to be doing anything to stop the incident.

Michael Boley, Bruce Johnson, Terrell Thomas and Chris Canty are visible in the video, which closes with Canty asking the camera operator – who he calls Steve and is presumably Weatherford – to see the footage.

Had it ended there, the incident would likely have gone unnoticed by Coughlin. But then Weatherford posted it online.

“No way anything that occurs within this family or within this group should be a part of any kind of social media aspect,” Coughlin said, sounding more irked that the video was posted than he was at the incident itself. “I’m going to address that strongly because I’ve spent a little time on that this preseason and I’ll look into it further.”

Chances are nothing will come from this other than a scolding from Coughlin and far less interesting future Tweets from Weatherford.

“I want to apologize to the fans,” Weatherford wrote on his account shortly after Coughlin said he would look into the matter. “The video I posted was distasteful. Our team is a family, and we love each other. I am sorry to the fans.”

As for Amukamara, his best defense may in fact be his defense. If he can play like a first-round pick on the field, the dunks will no doubt come to a swift end. Amukamara played well against the Jets, setting a strong edge on one running play that led to a Keith Rivers tackle for a loss.

Interceptions and tackles by Amukamara, now that would be video tape Coughlin would be happy to review.

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