Hazing in Sports

Paul Sciortino


Hazing in Sports

          Recently the topic of hazing in not just American sports, but sports around the world has been brought to the table. There have been many incidents where athletes are being violated and harassed in ways that children act.  This has to come to an end. AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  The people that are carrying out these acts must have been bullied or had some sort of traumatic experience in their life that they do not know how to deal with.  Humans like that are low lives; they express themselves through anger and hatred.

The National Football League deals with this issue more than other American Sports. Most recently there was a case with the Miami Dolphins, which led to a player (Jonathan Martin) quitting the team and football because he was violated in ways you couldn’t imagine. The offensive line Captain Richie Incognito has had a history of abuse and hazing issues dating all the way back through his college days. He is violent on the field as well. 

“I’ve taken stuff too far. I didn’t intend to hurt him,” Incognito stated in an interview on Fox network.  Three days after Martin left the team, he took a different route and stated in text to Incognito; “Wassup man? The world’s gone crazy lol I’m good tho congrats on the Win.  I don’t blame you guys at all it’s just the culture around football and the locker room got to me a little” I feel as if this was an adult thing of him to do and he is one of the youngest on the team.

What many reporters have been saying is that Martin is a coward for making this issue public and quitting football, but I see it as courageous and gutsy. No teammate should have to pay for $15,000 dinner tabs because you’re a rookie. By the way they earn much less money than veterans. Let the rookies carry the ball bag and maybe clean the bathroom, not these other ridiculous acts. No team meeting should be held at strip clubs. It is flat out degrading and disgusting.  Many other players around the league have come out in support of Martin because there are good people out there and sportsmanship is going to be saved one day. If you can’t play the game and leave it all out on the field, then there is a problem. Play the game, shake the other team’s hand and move on. It is a job and athletic competition, not life and death or humiliation.

It’s going to take time for this culture to change but believing in the greater good and overcoming it will happen. People that set the example will lead the way and show everyone how human beings should conduct themselves and respect each other, especially your teammates.

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