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Dallas sportswriter calls hazing a “time-honored” tradition

This is what Gerry Fraley, a Dallas sportswriter, said today.

Here is Gerry Fraley: “Rookie initiations happen in every sport. They range from the rookie reliever having to fill with snacks a backpack intended for young girls and wear it on the walk to the bullpen to hockey’s shaving rituals. It’s part of a bonding experience. By balking, Bryant is telling teammates that he is above it all. That is harmful to team dynamics.”

Judge for yourself.

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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