“I think he meant it to be funny,” Pierre-Paul said. “For us guys, it was funny, but to the media and all the fans, they didn’t find it funny. I apologize to my fans. It was just a joke that gone bad.”
Coughlin has long maintained that what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room.
“I don’t care what level you’re at, the locker room is the locker room and it is pretty much theirs,” Coughlin said of the players. “And when you’re away at camp, they do have fun with each other. They have some fun with the rookies and that type of thing. However, as has been stated and I’ll say it one more time, if there’s a chance that someone could be injured, then no one wants that. And the inappropriate language being broadcast, we would never want that to be associated.
Still, it sounded as though this would not be the end of the incidents.
Tuck said he paid his dues as a young player, getting dunked, buying breakfast for veterans and even picking up their laundry. He conceded it is a form of hazing, but says it’s benign and not meant to inflict injury and make someone feel inferior.
“We definitely don’t want to be seen in the light of bullies or guys that are taking advantage of younger guys or situations or anything like that,” Tuck said. “It’s unfortunate that it was perceived that way. We definitely do not want to be perceived that way. We’re not that way at all. We’ve just got to do our part to make sure that we do better.”
Weatherford seemed to take the fallout from the videotape the hardest. He was near tears talking about it.
“It’s just disappointing because I pride myself on being a good example. Obviously that was a lapse in judgment,” he said. “Everyone in this locker room loves each other; we all get along great. It was simply horsing around. It wasn’t perceived that way _ I apologize for that. So it was a mistake on my part.”
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