Hazing News

Saints and short-term memory

The New Orleans Saints, the team that once was humiliated under then-Coach Mike Ditka when rookies

Jeff Danish and Cam Cleveland were pummeled in a gang-like hazing, have begun the custom again in a minor way.

HAZY ON HAZING: Reggie Bush may have a new $62 million contract and the attention of the sporting world, but that doesn’t exempt him from rookie hazing.

The Saints’ top pick has been made to carry pads by his teammates and he had to perform a song recently for the veterans with the other rookies.

When asked about his performance, Bush showed his trademark elusiveness: “It was nothing special.”

He flashed an embarrassed grin as reporters prepared to ask for more details, at which point a New Orleans public relations deftly threw a block and ended Bush’s media session.

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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