Former football player likens hazing to cyber bullying

The author, who played for a collegiate national champion squad and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, says social networks give tormentors ample opportunity and camouflage.

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The recent story about the hazing of a Miami Dolphins player hit home for me as I considered my own experience with hazing and my fears about these behaviors on the social Web.

Is hazing harmful, or a rite of passage? How does social media make bullying worse? Is there a solution?

I can almost guarantee that my coaches, teammates, and fans would not know that after my freshman year of college — where I had played extensively and had been part of a national championship team — I contemplated not returning to the team after the winter break. In fact, I had a long discussion with my parents about transferring due an unrelenting hazing hell.

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