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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

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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