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Go Wrong, Go Wrong: An Open Letter to Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants–Icewatergate

An Open Letter to Jason Pierre-Paul

Dear Jason Pierre-Paul

I am 6 foot tall, 200 pounds, and in reasonably good shape.

I also happen to be 66 years old.

But since I have seen the video of you disrespecting, abusing, bullying and putting teammate Prince Amukamara  in harm’s way, I know my age would be no impediment to you acting like the bully you have demonstrated yourself to be.

Nonetheless, my viewing of the Steve  Weatherford  video has established you clearly as a bully and a gutless coward. I am calling you out. The way I hope high school athletes stop hazing teammates from now on. I have no hope for you. Your stupidity has been commented upon by way too many people to link here. Sooner or later, your coaches will realize you are a liability mentally. And trade your sorry butt.

I’m not condemning you, Pierre-Paul. I am calling your behavior reprehensible. I am saying your behavior stunk. You are a disgrace to your native land and the USA and the sport of football. Shame? Not your teammate’s. Yours. Big Time.

And I am standing up for Prince since he was too traumatized to stand up for himself.

And who was it who shamed and traumatized him? You, Pierre-Paul. Bully that you are.

I also have an issue with the New York Giant teammate yelling at Prince to stand up for himself.

You see Prince was in a victim position, and he needed a hero to step to his aid. To confront you, Jason Pierre-Paul–a loud, racist, foul-mouthed bully–in the spirit of sportsmanship, fair play, and all that is right.

To that player’s credit, he realized that what he was witnessing wasn’t right.  But that nameless player lacked either the courage or creativity to stand up for another veteran who was being bullied (and possibly hazed, since in athletics, a veteran using hazing tactics to get another veteran “to shape up” is considered a rarer, but still real form of bullying).

So since no one on the New York Giants had the courage to call you out, I am calling you out, Jason Pierre-Paul.

You are, as I say, a racist, loud-mouthed, potentially dangerous bully. Your arrogance has been the kind of arrogance that has seen NFL athlete after athlete charged with drunk driving, sexual assault, sexual harassment and general idiocy or even mayhem–if we go back in time to the O J Simpson Las Vegas stickup.

You owe your team, the NFL and Prince Amukamara an apology.

You are telling the world you are “cool” with Prince Amukamara, Pierre-Paul?

It is just another example of your idiocy, your blindness. It is enlightening to see into the mind of a bully and that bully is you, Pierre-Paul.

And the gutless bystanders?

Every one in that video put out by the team’s kicker.

The ball is now in the court of Prince Amukamara.

Traditionally, someone hazed or bullied in sports as you have been will lash out next year at some hapless rookie. The evil men do in hazing lives after them, so to speak.

It’s going to take you some time to sort out what happened to you.

Be assured, this was not your fault, Prince.

The blame gets dropped at the doorstep of Pierre Paul, the New York Giants, and the NFL.

This NFL hazing and bullying “bleep” needs to stop.

I’m saying it loud and clear, Pierre-Paul.


And the finger pointing at the top? Goes to Giants Coach Tom Coughlin who condemns the Twitter and apparently condones the bullying by you, Pierre-Paul.

You, Pierre-Paul, need to be fined not only by the Giants but suspended by the NFL Commissioner for one game.

You have set a bad example for high school football players who have had to serve felony jail time for hazing. Hazing that fools like you think is harmless. As long as you are the fool who is doing the bullying, that is.

But that won’t happen. The NFL has been gutless on the issue of hazing going back to the time Andre Royal and his brave New Orleans Saints veterans hospitalized rookies Cam Cleveland and Jeff Danish in a gauntlet-type hazing.

So yes,  Mr. Pierre-Paul. I am calling you a gutless bully. I am calling you to right a wrong.

I want you to apologize right now.

And, at 66 years old, I am stepping up to say I will do anything necessary to stop your bullying.

Crawl into your hole and take it. Mr. Pierre-Paul.

You went too far, and you know you did. The number of college fraternity men paralyzed after a hazing is high. Had your victim tried to fight you at the last second instead of going limp, you could have injured his spine or neck.

Now the ball is in the NFL Commissioner’s court.  Fine and suspend Jason Pierre-Paul.  There isn’t a workplace anywhere that would tolerate this harassment.

Except for the NFL.  If this act goes unpunished.




By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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