I don't understanding hazing, how such a practice could persist in 2014. There's another nasty story about it Friday. Go online and there it is. Hazing might be the dumbest thing that humans do.
Although the concept is similar, bullying is a little easier to understand. The strong guy picks on the less strong guy. The regular guy picks on the odd guy. You push and, when you get some laughs from the other cool guys, or don't get the reaction you want from the victim, you push some more.
It, too, is stupid. How it persists in an NFL locker room full of people who theoretically want to win is bizarre.
Ted Wells, the noted New York City attorney, released his report about the bullying in the locker room of the Miami Dolphins. He found that three linemen -- Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey -- harrassed fellow lineman Jonathan Martin and another young Miami lineman and an assistant trainer.
Taunt, harrass and make teammates a team employee miserable -- because what better way is there to build a winning culture?
Why was it allowed to persist? Why didn't team leaders stand up to the offensive linemen's leader, Incognito? Did coaches know? Did other position groups? How could they not?
I can't fathom this happening in the locker room of the Carolina Panthers. I've probably spent as much time in the locker room over the years as anybody in the media, but to claim that I know the culture would be a lie. I see what they show me. I'm an outsider. I'm not part of it.
I can't imagine, however, that Carolina's team leaders would allow it to go on, especially when two of those leaders play on the offensive line -- Jordan Gross and Ryan Kalil.
Other getting a few laughs, and making a few people miserable, what did Incognito and the fellows hope to gain? Toughen up the victims and make men and football players out of them?
Martin left the team. Incognito was run off. If the report is valid, who is going to hire Incognito?
The Panthers won't. Nobody else will initially. If there's a potential employer, it's a team with injuries on the offensive line and an excellent public relations staff.
If there's life after football, I don't know where Incognito goes. Someplace that has eliminated hazing, I suspect.