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The Jay Glazer interview with Richie Incognito: Commentary by Hank Nuwer

Back in 2007, I criticized football pundit Jay Glazer harshly for his views on rookie hazing.

Now, ironically or perhaps significantly, Glazer landed the important interview with Richie Incognito that all networks wanted.

The editing was very poor–clipped and doing an injustice to the full interview–which was, in part, quite powerful.

There were weaknesses, yes. Incognito ducked a question on whether Miami coaches wanted Jonathan Martin toughened up.  No question was posed regarding the sexual  assault incident with Incognito and a young African American woman who claimed harassment and more. No disclosures by Glazer on whether this incident changed his mind about comments he himself made about rookie hazing in 2007.

Having said that, and having attacked Glazer in the past, I have to give the guy credit overall for a B+ decent interview with Richie Incognito. All an interviewer can do is ask the tough questions and followups. Overall, I think he did so. Thus, I respectfully disagree with the many critics who have raked Glazer over the coals for the poorly edited interview put on the air by Fox Sports.

It was valuable overall in my opinion.

–Hank Nuwer

Link to 2007 Stophazing column on Jay Glazer

Now, about my question to Mr. Glazer: Have your views on rookie hazing changed somewhat since 2007? –Moderator Hank Nuwer


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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