Long time readers of BadJocks will remember the story of hockey player Akim Aliu, who fought back when junior hockey teammates tried to haze him back on 2007. This story is for every one out there who tries to claim that there are never any negative consequences to someone who refuses to “play along” when someone attempts to do some “team bonding.”
You can read the longer version of Aliu’s battles at the Montreal Gazette, but here’s a taste:
For Aliu, controversy has dogged his every move in elite hockey. At 16, he refused to cram his naked body into a bathroom at the back of the Windsor Spitfires bus as part of a hazing exercise in the Ontario Hockey League.
A few weeks later, Steve Downie tapped him during the shoulder and cross-checked the rookie in the mouth. After retreating to the dressing room for repairs, Aliu returned to fight his captain. The incident garnered international media attention and highlighted the craziness surrounding hazing in all kinds of amateur and professional sports.
Talk about a dramatic initiation for a kid who didn’t even start playing competitive hockey until he was 12 after his family moved to Canada from Kyiv, Ukraine. Aliu ended up as an ostracized teenager at odds with his teammates and the opposition. Confrontation followed his every turn.
Hazing in high school sports is common enough without coaches getting involved. At Walled Lake Western High School in Michigan both head coach Bill Brenner, and an assistant, will not be back next season after the district uncovered evidence of a hazing incident at a team party held last fall. Here’s more from the Daily Tribune:
Initial reports indicated that a player was tied to a pole and struck with pool noodles and pillows. Police said the victim was laughing during the incident, which was described as “horseplay.” However, the victim’s mother, who said she has seen videotape of the incident, said her son was duct taped to the pole, with his mouth taped shut, and was punched in the head. The victim was diagnosed with symptoms consistent with post-concussion syndrome following the incident, but officials said the victim told investigators that he had headaches his entire life.
So, according to the father of one of the wrestlers involved in this incident at Troy High School (CA) what happened when nine boys were forced to stand in a circle outside a cabin back in January at 2:30 am was NOT hazing. They were new members of the team, they did have their hands bound with plastic wrap, were forced to eat cat food and stand in a bucket of cold water for hours on end.
But because none of the boys admitted to actually being intimidated, it really should be considered a “rite of passage” and not something awful like . . . hazing. Obviously.
‘Cause if someone’s dad says it’s not hazing, it doesn’t matter what the school says or the State of California, right?
Because of their wacky ways though, the high school has suspended two of the older boys involved in this “rite of passage.”
Source: NBC Los Angeles
Just down the road from the BadJocks Bunker is the sleepy town of Adrian, Michigan where not much happens.
This week though, we’ve seen not one, but two members of the Madison High School football team arrested as a result of an investigation into hazing incidents last summer during football practice. Sources tell us the incidents came to light after an inadvertent Facebook posting gave away more details than intended. That lead to a school investigation, which lead to a police investigation and now the two football players have not only been suspended from school but face numerous criminal charges including five counts each of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, and 5 counts each of conspiracy to commit those acts.
Police are saying there were two victims (members of the freshman team) who were victims of these assaults, so we can only assume from the number of counts that each player was assaulted more than once. And, for those of you not familiar with the “favorite” form of high school hazing these days, the “intent to commit sexual penetration” likely refers to those accused putting fingers somewhere where they don’t belong. Cops haven’t released those details, but that is the most common reason for that charge these days–in our experience.
Former football players Troy Darnell Burr and Rodolfo Rios have been arraigned, plead not guilty, and are awaiting their next court date.
Source: Toledo Blade
We could be wrong about this, but we’re pretty sure that if you’re a high school basketball player, you shouldn’t be riding the bus home from a game naked. That’s seems like it should be an obvious thing, but apparently the coaches and staff at Prairie High School in Cottonwood, Idaho didn’t get the memo.
A mob of parents showed up at the latest school board meeting to hear details of shenanigans (yes, we used the “S” word) that have apparently been going on for the past three years, and allegedly much of that time under the watchful eye of the coaching staff. For the most part, the parents were upset about not being told what was going on with the naked bus trips that occasionally including some sexually explicit contact, such as one player placing his genitals on another player’s face.
Again, we’re not saying we know everything, but it seems that one guys junk in another guy’s face is probably not something you’d want to encourage on the team bus. But, then again, maybe that’s how the Prairie High boys like to relax after games. Who are we to say?
Nothing really new here with the hazing incident on the JV basketball team at Grant High School (Portland, Oregon) that we haven’t seen a million times before: younger players on a team being held down, shorts removed and either a finger–or other object–inserted into their anus as part of initiation process. Well, maybe a couple of new things.
First, this practice is allegedly so common among GHS sports teams that it has a name “G-ing.” As in, “He’s going to get his G-ing after the game tonight.” Sounds to us like there just might be a hazing tradition at Grant.
And second, according to this story, even parents of jocks at Grant feel intimidated, afraid to say anything about what is happening to their children for fear something worse might happen to the lads. That puts things on a whole new serious level when even the culture gets to the parents.
Fortunately, someone did come forward, the school investigated and now the local sex crimes unit is looking into it to see if an charges will be brought.