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

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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