Daily Talker: When Does Hazing Become Bullying?
NFL rookies make $400,000 a year. But some young Miami Dolphins players say they’re living paycheck to paycheck, because older players are bullying them into picking up the tab for expensive team dinners, paying for trips to Las Vegas, covering the bill at strip clubs, and acting as “human ATM’s”. One vet even sent out a Tweet saying “Everything tastes better when rookies pay for it”.
The Miami Dolphins have asked the NFL to launch an independent inquiry, and have suspended offensive lineman Richie Incognito indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin reportedly walked off the team last week because of bullying.
Hazing has been a part of professional sports for decades. But when does it cross the line and become bullying? Let us know by leaving a comment.