Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Coughlin will talk to Giants about hazing
By Kieran Darcy
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin plans on talking to his captains, and possibly his entire team, regarding the Miami Dolphins hazing scandal.
Giants safety Antrel Rolle made headlines Tuesday by saying he believes Jonathan Martin is just as responsible as Richie Incognito for what happened in Miami.
"I have my captain group, and I plan on talking to them, and then I may something to the team, only because I do see that the comments are coming forth," Coughlin said Wednesday. "The teamwork concept is the first thing in the door for us -- we want everybody to be the very, very best football player that they can possibly be. When you say things like that you need to back it up with the fact that the player has to be comfortable in his environment. He’s not gonna grow and develop if he isn’t. And so vigilance is a key issue there."
The Giants had their own hazing scandal a year ago, though it wasn't nearly as serious. A video clip of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul dunking cornerback Prince Amukamara into a tub of ice during training camp, tweeted out by punter Steve Weatherford, went viral on the Internet, causing Coughlin to take action.
"We did have an incident [a year ago] with one of our players, and I was concerned, and I addressed the issue at that point in time," Coughlin said Wednesday. "Concerned from a two-fold standpoint. One, the player could have been hurt, and if the player was being asked to do something or being forced to do something that he wasn’t compatible with, he could have been hurt, and that would have been a major issue for us. And the second thing as you recall was, I was very disappointed that there were some who thought it was funny, when it obviously wasn’t."
Coughlin expressed confidence Wednesday that he has a handle on what's going on in his team's locker room.
"We try to be as vigilant as we can," Coughlin said. "We all know the difference between right and wrong. I don’t care what’s being written or whatever about an incident like this. Everyone knows when things go too far. And when things go too far, you gotta do something about it. I can’t say it any more simply."