Minnesota Vikings DE says traditional hazing in NFL has changed
"From a player's standpoint, I think some of the younger guys come in and there's a sense of entitlement, and you lose that work ethic, you lose that true veteran-led locker room sometimes," he said. "You got to know who you're dealing with. You can't treat everyone the same. You can't treat every rookie the same. Some guys are more sensitive than others, but it's a sign of respect."
Allen said that he knew Richie Incognito, the centre of the controversy although he did not know the exact details of the incident. Richie has been blamed for bullying Jonathan Martin out of the team. A message was found sent by Incognito to Martin in which he insulted him with racial abuses and threatened to kill him.
Reportedly this had been going for a while and both the players and the franchise were unaware of the ongoing exchanges. Incognito reportedly harassed Martin for money. He made him pay $15,000 for a trip to Las Vegas he did not attend and also $30,000 for a team meal.
Despite the allegations, Allen stood by Incognitos side, saying that he was a good guy and he had always had good relations with him.
"Richie has a good heart, he really does. I know he's catching some heat right now, but from what I know of Richie, we've always had a good relationship,” Allen said.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier was one step ahead of preventing such situations as he had put up rules against hazing since joining the team. He always talked with the veterans about what they could and couldn’t do with the rookies and about their code of conduct, as they are the role models.
"The communication part of it here is what's important. Some things I won't necessarily know about, but I hope that I'll be clued in on what's necessary,” Frazier said. “Having good leadership to keep me involved in the things that might contradict what we want to get done and what we want to project as a team."