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Safety Antrel Rolle

Q: Antrel, what's your reaction to this hazing?
A: I don't really have a reaction to it. We all know what it is around here. It's all fun and games. We just have to be a little more cautious about some of the pranks that we pull, and more importantly, about what happens in the house, stays in the house.

Q: You think this was mean spirited?
A: No, not at all. We're all family. It doesn't matter how anybody else wants to look at it, when you're family, you horseplay around. There's no difference than between brothers and sisters and what happens in the household.

Q: Even though you guys know it's not a big deal, can you see why other people would see it as a big deal, with the hazing and some of the harassing at some of the younger levels?
A: Absolutely. We're fully aware of what things look like to the outside world. That's why we're definitely going to be more cautious with the things that [we do] around here, also with the things that we do, within the organization. It's all fair game, there's no harm intended on anyone's behalf, it was just all fun and games.

Q: You're pretty sure that Prince feels the same way about it being horseplay?
A: Absolutely. We wouldn't do it if he didn't feel that way.

Q: Is it just one of those cases of professional athletes misusing social media and it comes back to burn you a little bit? We've seen a lot of examples of that over the past year or two.
A: Absolutely. Like I said, it was all fun and games. I've been thrown in the cold tub before. I don't look at anyone with harsh feelings or take anything personal. Like I said, it's all fun and games. I can definitely see the way it may look to the outside world. So we just have to be more careful about the things that are done around here.

Q: Is there too much information out there on social media? On Twitter?
A: I think it's a way of putting too much information out there. What's only going to be out there is what you put out there. We have to do a better job of keeping whatever horseplay, or whatever happens, inside the house.

Q: Are you upset with the person who posted it?
A: No, I'm not upset. I'm not upset.

Q: Do you wish it didn't happen?
A: Yeah, you wish it didn't happen. We wouldn't have to deal with these questions, about something as silly as this. It happened, it's over and done with, and we just have to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Q: What is the team chemistry like with this club?
A: The team chemistry is great. I mean, this is nothing in our eyes, and we understand that. Our team chemistry is great, and it's probably the best it's been in a long while. We're going to continue to keep it that way.

Q: Antrel, when you say that you want to make sure that something this silly doesn't happen again, are you talking about posting the video like that online, or the actual act of tossing someone into a cold tub?
A: I mean, we're going to horseplay. That's our way of keeping us united. It's our way of us interacting with each other. We just have to be a little more cautious about how we go about horseplay, and more importantly, about leaking things to the outside world.

Q: Did it go a little bit too far? I mean, if you were thrown headfirst nto a metal tub, wouldn't you be worried about hitting your neck, your head, or something like that?
A: He wasn't thrown headfirst. The flipped him in there, he wasn't thrown headfirst. Like I said, we're not here to hurt anyone.  That's going to be my final statement on that. Whatever else they want to say, they can say, but we know what happens in-house.

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