Muhammad was given a Jonas Brothers backpack by his veteran teammates, but told the Los Angeles Times that team president Chris Wright and general manager Milt Newton told him he could no longer wear it.
“They actually said they don’t want us carrying them, but I understand with the stuff going on with the football thing,” Muhammad told the Times. “They want to be separate from that. … Now I think rookie hazing won’t exist anymore.”
There are other players with different views on the topic as well, including Jarrett Jack of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“[I]t’s not so much hazing, because I don’t like to use that word because it’s got kind of a negative connotation,” Jack told USA Today. “It’s kind of just, you having a bit of selflessness, knowing that a lot of people came before you, who paved the way for you to be here now. And getting doughnuts on game day I don’t think is too much to ask.
“I like to think we treat our rookies very well. At the end of the day, they’re all men and they’re all professionals, that’s the way we want to keep it at all times, regardless of whether we ask them to get some donuts. We never lose sight of the fact that they’re all teammates.”