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Report: In effort to oust hazing, Wolves say ditch Jonas Brothers bag

Report: In effort to oust hazing, Wolves say ditch Jonas Brothers bag

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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We wrote about the Wolves' league-leading speedy pace of play earlier Monday. Minnesota is apparently leading the charge in another area, as well.

The Wolves are stamping out even mild rookie hazing "in the wake of harassment allegations against Miami Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito," according to Eric Pincus of the L.A. Times.

From the Times report:

Timberwolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad said team President Chris Wright and GM Milt Newton informed players they no longer wanted rookies wearing child-themed backpacks. Muhammad had been issued a Jonas Brothers backpack to wear on trips.

"They actually said they don't want us carrying them, but I understand with the stuff going on with the football thing," said Muhammad, who entered the draft after one season at UCLA. "They want to be separate from that... Now I think rookie hazing won't exist anymore."

I get the kickback from the Miami Dolphins issues over alleged bullying, but has the pendulum perhaps swung too far in the other direction?

I'm against hazing, in any form, intended to injure or publicly humiliate for a laugh. With that said, though, hearing about professional athletes asking their rookie teammates to wear silly backpacks doesn't offend me. 

I wonder if the backpack schtick even has the potential to affect one's psyche. I'm not mad at the move by the Wolves, but is it an overreaction?

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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