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Panthers act like spoiled children


Article published Aug 21, 2007
Panthers cap camp with some hazing

Spartanburg, S.C. | Jon Beason kept squirming as his veteran teammates taped him to the goal post after the final practice of training camp Monday.
The Carolina Panthers rookie and former Miami star was concerned with only one thing: untangling himself once the Gatorade and water baths were over.
“I’ve been taping up dudes for a long time down in Miami,” Beason said. “I know a little strategy of getting out of it. They say when you stand there and let them do it, it’s not as bad. It’s not true.”
Beason and fellow rookie linebackers Tim Shaw and Mickey Pimental were eventually able to tear off the athletic tape and break free from the post. They even got some help from a few veterans.
“Nobody helped me last year,” second-year pro James Anderson complained. “And they threw that drink on me. I smelled like strawberries for two days.”

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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