Essential Pittsburgh
4:55 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

When Clubhouse Culture Goes Too Far

While “boys will be boys” may seem a likely excuse for some, in the wake of hazing allegations against Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, many fans believe the teasing of Jonathan Martin crossed the line into inappropriate bullying.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sports Writer Emeritus Bob Dvorchak says the NFL does exist in a “culture of hazing,” but usually the tasks forced on rookie players are not so cruel.

When it comes to the Steelers, Dvorchak says rookies typically have to stand up during lunch and sing their college alma mater, nothing extreme like the Martin case.

At Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah, a coach suspended his entire team after some of the players were accused of cyber-bullying. Dvorchak says this is a brave and necessary move by the coach which will help set an example for those players and teach them character, camaraderie, and bonding.