What’s the age limit on bullying? This entire situation is pretty ridiculous & simple to how this all occurred.
— keith bulluck (@kbull53) November 5, 2013
Former defenseman Keith Bulluck was just one of many players in the NFL who had something to say about the Miami Dolphins’ Richie Incognito, who was suspended for allegedly hazing fellow teammate Jonathan Martin.
Martin, who went AWOL from the organization after a lunchroom confrontation with Incognito, is currently inactive (he’s officially listed out due to “illness”). Meanwhile, Incognito is “weathering the storm” as the NFL and fans alike take a deeper look at what it means to be a rookie in the NFL.
Gregg Williams, the senior assistant defensive coach for the Tennessee Titans, should know all about the brutality of the sport. Before he joined the Titans, Williams most notably served as the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints in the midst of its “BountyGate” scandal. Williams was suspended for presumably encouraging players to injure opponents. One can only wonder what happened to Saints rookies behind closed doors, knowing that violence was ran deep within the organization.
But how likely is it that a similar Incognito-Martin situation is happening in Tennessee, even with a man like Williams around?
Whether intense rookie hazing is the norm in the NFL or it’s simply been hyped up by the media, one has to assume that we would know about the Titans bullying their teammates.
However, as Bulluck indicated in his tweet, bullying knows no age. For this reason, it’s worth advocating for a hazing-free workplace. There’s no guarantee that everyone is going to play by the rules, but acknowledging the issue is the first step in the right direction.