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Icewatergate: Giants Co-Owner John Mara adds insult to injury

Giants co-owner John Mara is either a stupid man or absolutely blind taking the stand he has taken on obvious workplace harassment by Jason Pierre-Paul.

Yesterday, he had the opportunity to step up in the game of life and condemn an obvious case of work hazing and force the NFL to consider passing an anti-hazing policy that all teams must respect.

Instead, Mara fumbled the ball big time in an interview with USA Today. “It’s just something that goes on,” Mara said [to USA Today]. “But it was boys being boys that has been curtailed.”

Boys will be boys? That’s exactly what parents were told 20 and 30 years ago by college deans of students after a hazing left a son dead or crippled.

You won’t hear any dean say that now after a serious hazing incident.

Mara has added insult to injury with his thoughtless quote.


By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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