The Timberwolves Stop Any Kind of “Hazing”
After being given a children's backpack to wear by his teammates, rookie Shabazz Muhammad, was told that he could no longer wear it in light of the recent media attention surrounding the Miami Dolphins.
"They actually said they don't want us carrying them, but I understand with the stuff going on with the football thing," Muhammad said. "They want to be separate from that. ... Now I think rookie hazing won't exist anymore."
In the past, hazing has always been viewed as a rite of passage for rookies. It was something that every rookie had to go through as an initiation process. But it is not at the same level or intensity as joining a fraternity or sorority.
"It's not so much hazing, because I don't like to use that word because it's got kind of a negative connotation," veteran point guard Jarrett Jack said. "It's kind of just, you having a bit of selflessness, knowing that a lot of people came before you, who paved the way for you to be here now. And getting donuts on game day I don't think is too much to ask. I like to think we treat our rookies very well. At the end of the day, they're all men and they're all professionals, that's the way we want to keep it at all times, regardless of whether we ask them to get some donuts. We never lose sight of the fact that they're all teammates."
Athletes always refer to their teammates and their league as a large fraternity. Much like Vegas, what happens in the locker room stays in the locker. It is supposed to be family, but if the intensity of the hazing is great enough, it makes you question how mature that family really is.