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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

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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