To develop and enforce a policy to define and prohibit hazing among NFL teams
  • Petitioned The NFL and ESPN and all other sports media print and broadcast outlets

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The NFL and ESPN and all other sports media print and broadcast outlets

To develop and enforce a policy to define and prohibit hazing among NFL teams

    1. Victoria Barrera-Garces
    2. Petition by

      Victoria Barrera-Garces

      Alexandria, VA

The number of hazing incidents being reported among professional athletes is rising at an alarming rate. Even more alarming is the increasingly dismissive way these incidents are being treated by league leadership, management, coaches, players, fans and the media.

What some call “harmless pranks” and “rookies paying their dues” is hazing, not “good, clean fun.” Hazing is not only morally wrong but illegal in 44 states. While people want to draw distinctions between a rookie carrying a veteran’s equipment and a high school freshman being sodomized by teammates with a broom handle, both are hazing. Both began as a prank in the name of “tradition” and one ended by getting violently out of hand.

HazingPrevention.Org defines hazing as any action taken or situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, risks emotional and/or physical harm, to members of a group or team, whether new or not and regardless of the person's willingness to participate.

Professional athletes are role models for young athletes and should lead by example on the field and off. It’s time for the NFL to take steps to end hazing in the league and for ESPN and other sports media to cease their practice of reporting hazing incidents as fluff instead of the serious news they should be.

For more information about hazing and hazing prevention, visit www.HazingPrevention.Org and

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    Reasons for signing

    • Alexis Harrington PLATTSBURGH, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Hazing should not be glorified. It is an illegal act and I would expect the men of the NFL to portray a better leadership role in society for today's youth who look up to them.

    • Stephen Backer ST. LOUIS, MO
      • almost 2 years ago

      How can we eliminate hazing and bullying to stop in schools, if the role models of students are involved as well?

    • Rebekah Druetzler INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      It's more of a challenge holding my college students accountable if you aren't holding professionals accountable. Let's all stand for the respect of individuals.

    • Carol Mo SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Violence of all kinds must stop.

    • Charles Eberly CHARLESTON, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      I advise a campus fraternity where the members identify professional athletes as role models of ideal masculinity. When players are hazed by others, these young men think such behavior is acceptable in their groups. It is not.


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