Gerald McCoy, Pro Bowl defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, went on the air with a Tampa-area radio show this week and said he was hounded by his coaches for a basic act of sportsmanship.
McCoy alleges that he took grief from the Buccaneers coaching staff after he helped an opposing player off the ground during a game.
More on his comments from Yahoo! Sports:
“I had my D-line coaches get on to me the other day. Well, not get on to me, try to get on to me. There’s no way they’re going to get on to me for this. They got upset with my because I helped somebody up [in the game.] So what! I don’t care. Kiss my butt. Listen, if I want to help somebody, I’m going help somebody up. Because right on the next play I’m going to knock him down again. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter.
“That doesn’t change how hard I play. As long as in between the whistles. I’m not helping anybody up, it doesn’t matter. So what if I help them off the ground? ‘Good job; we’re out here competing. But as soon as they snap the ball, I’m going to kill you again.’
“There’s nothing wrong with that. Everybody’s not like that. If you don’t want to be like that, keep it to yourself. I don’t care. I don’t go tell them, ‘Hey, you’re not doing this. You’re not doing that.’ I don’t care. Everybody does what they do. If I help somebody up, get over it. Get over it.”
McCoy reportedly made the comments after a fan called into the show and accused him of not having enough "dawg" in him, or in other words, the fan basically called him a sissy.