In light of the Miami Dolphins hazing/bullying situation which has played out in recent days, former Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon says there was a time when his Raiders were doing similar things, things that he reportedly says ‘made him sick’.
Gannon, speaking to CBS Sports recalled an incident where he walked into the locker room and saw a handful of veteran players attempting to demoralize a young, unnamed talent:
“I have absolutely no tolerance for this type of behavior. I’ve seen firsthand how this can divide and really destroy a locker room, a team and quite frankly, an entire organization,” Gannon said. “I went to an organization in Oakland, which quite frankly made me sick. This culture and environment existed out there with older players bullying younger players. At one point, I remember coming into the locker room my very first year there, and I saw a group of defensive lineman had our young tight end tied up with tape. They were punching him. They were putting icy-hot and baby powder with water on this guy. They were trying to demoralize the player.”
While many NFL franchises have come out in recent days suggesting that hazing/bullying isn’t part of their culture, there are some franchises where it’s believed that this type of activity still is active.
Gannon did suggest that he helped change the tide of the Raiders’ locker room and the hazing/bullying did come to a stop, especially when the team began to win games.