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Charles Barkley was involved in a hockey hazing? Who is shocked?

The clock is ticking before Charles Barkley does something that ends his career as a sports commentator. That isn’t exactly something anyone needs a fortune teller for, I’d say. Moderator.

Barkley’s tomfoolery cost rookie defenseman Jared Spurgeon $5,000 for the meal. Wonder how many homeless people in the area that amount might have fed for a night. No, this isn’t the dangerous part of hazing unless impressionable high school students get the idea that such buffoonery is normal in sport, but it does point out a certain “goofball” mentality about the pro-hazing commentators that ESPN managers will have to face when Barkley eventually self destructs. For example, when goofball towel wavers taunted him…how did he react? Predictably. Yet, why did a producer put this career in front of screaming fans.

For other ESPN audio views on hazing back in football spring training, click here.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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