Former NFL Razorbacks weigh in on locker room hazing

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It's a debate that NFL Special investigators are being forced to look into. Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Richie Incognito is accused of bullying Jonathan Martin off the team. Incognito allegedly used racial slurs during a voicemail message. Incognito has been suspended while the investigation continues.

    Former Razorbacks, who played in the NFL, and coaches weigh in on the locker room culture in football.

    Former Razorback Quarterback Matt Jones took his playmaking ability to the NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2005 and the QB turned wide out says he experienced a typical rookie welcoming.

    "What we had to do was carry somebody's shoulder pads in from practice - buy donuts so that would be four hundred bucks not take them out for a thirty thousand dollar meal. I think it starts with the head coach right at the beginning nipping it in the butt," said Jones.

    Former Razorback and San Diego Charger Lineman, Isaac Davis, says he also took the freshman lumps, but not to the severity of the allegations surrounding Miami's Richie Incognito.

    "Rookie night... we had to get up and sing in front of the team or we had to perform different little things during lunch time or breakfast time. I mean it was hazing, but it was more fun than anything," said Davis.

    On the high school level North Little Rock Head Coach Brad Bolding says he uses a no tolerance policy.

    "I have a standard that we go by and that is discipline, organization and we just don't allow a lot of horse play," said Bolding.

    Coach Bolding says while high school locker rooms are not perfect coaches do have more authority than NFL coaches dealing with personalities.

    "These guys are grown men with families and kids which makes it kind of odd that they're behaving in a way that maybe a 15,16, or 17-year-old would," said Bolding.

    Both former players say the NFL may need to step in for a solution, but buck stops with the coaching staff.

    "I think you should give the head coaches, the GMs, the owners... you should give them the first chance at it, but you can't see this stuff continue to happen," said Jones.

    "He should have gone to his coach and said hey man this is going on and in order for me not to react in such a negative way I'd rather for you take care of it," said Davis.

    The NFL hired Ted Wells, a prominent criminal lawyer in New York, to investigate the matter.

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