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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

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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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