A couple years ago there was a hazing incident at Sargent High School where 12 upper classmen basketball players rubbed Icy Hot on freshmen players and then wrapped them in Saran Wrap to where they could not move. The guilty players were given a three game athletic suspension.
Some parents of the accused argued that the acts were harmless, a “boys being boys” argument. I was critical of this occurrence then because the guilty parties got off easy. The administration at Sargent High School basically slapped them on the wrist and set a low precedent for how bullying and hazing would be handled.
Fast forward to today and the NFL where a hazing incident has gained national attention and cries for change.
If you’re not familiar with the story here it is: Jonathan Martin, a second year offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins unexpectedly left the team two weeks ago and checked into a hospital to receive help for mental distress caused by harassment from teammate Richie Incognito.
There are many elements to the story – Martin – mixed race, half white, half black – was subjected to racial epitaphs, was told he would be killed, and was the subject of multiple pranks. After a period of time, enough was enough. Since it has become public, Incognito has been indefinitely suspended by the Miami Dolphins because of voicemails and text messages that validate Martin’s claims.For the complete article see the 11-16-2013 issue.
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