Making Hazing History with Mike & Hank: Hazing in Professional Sports

Welcome to our next episode of Making Hazing History with Mike & Hank! Our co-host today is Hank Nuwer, the Author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives, Wrongs of Passage, High School Hazing and The Hazing Reader. Today Hank and I talk about hazing in professional sports, including the NFL and MLB. We discuss incidents with Andre Royal with the New Orleans Saints, Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin with the Miami Dolphins, and Greg Jeffries with the New York Mets. There have also been players (such as Peyton Manning) and coaches (such as Andy Reid) that have worked to stop hazing incidents like this, while many sportswriters continue to dismiss these types of incidents as harmless. Where is the justice in some of these events that are borderline criminal, and what kind of a message are we sending to young fans that are looking to emulate their sports heroes?