Hazing News

Jets assault an unwilling Brian Jackson in training camp on a hazing-free campus.

Hey–what in blazes does your subhead “rookie entertainment” have to do with your coverage of a hazing incident in which first-year player Brian Jackson was NOT a willing participant in a taping. 2) Jets–you are a guest on the campus of SUNY Cortland which has tried hard to eradicate campus hazing. When you visit someone’s “house,” you live by their rules. SUNY Cortland President Bitterbaum–perhaps you might inform the Jets that Cortland tries to be a hazing-free campus. Just my thoughts. Here is another link
New York Post

CORTLAND — On the final day of training camp at SUNY-Cortland, Jets rookie cornerback Brian Jackson didn’t take kindly to some veteran punishment.

Jackson, an undrafted free agent from Oklahoma, found himself tied to a goalpost and doused with Gatorade after yesterday morning’s practice thanks to linebacker Bart Scott and nose tackle Kris Jenkins.

Jackson went ballistic in response to what Rex Ryan described as rookie hazing — “a training-camp tradition,” the coach said. But players said it was payback for Jackson spouting off to secondary coach Dennis Thurman.

“I haven’t talked to Brian yet, but I heard he’s taking it as a personal thing, which is unfortunate,” Ryan said between workouts.

Jackson redeemed himself in the afternoon, hitting the goal post with a 65-yard throw after Ryan told the rookie that he would end practice early if Jackson were successful.

Ryan appeared to endorse rookie hazing, which has been a hot topic recently after Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant refused to carry Roy Williams shoulder pads and Tim Tebow endured a “Friar Tuck” haircut from teammates.

“I’ve seen way worse than [what Jackson endured yesterday],” Ryan said. “We all saw the Tim Tebow haircut. That would have been a disaster for most guys.”


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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. 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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