As the news of Richie Incognito's bullying has swept the league by storm, reporters have been asking other rookies from various teams about their experiences with hazing.
When Duron Harmon, rookie safety and presumed starter until Steve Gregory returns, was asked about his experiences in the Pats locker room, Harmon said that his experience in New England has been nothing but positive and a far cry from what the Miami locker room appears to have been like. Per NESN.com:
“Yeah, definitely,” Harmon said about how easily he’s adapted to his new team. “It’s definitely not cause of me. It’s cause we got great teammates, teammates that are good people, are really good people. You’ll see em walking in the hallway, ‘Hello, how are you doing Duron.’ That’s the type of atmosphere we have in this locker room. It’s definitely great for rookies because you’re coming to somewhere where you’re not familiar with everybody. But the older guys, the vets, they make you feel really comfortable here.” Harmon hasn’t been taped to any goal posts, either. “No hazing,” Harmon said laughing. “Definitely.”
Of course, locker room culture starts at the top and rolls down hill from there. When asked about respect in the locker room and the difference between veterans and rookies, special teams captain Matthew Slater put it best, and showed how the Patriots conduct themselves in the locker room:
"I don't care if you've been in this league 20 years or if you've been here 3 weeks, everybody deserves respect." - Matt Slater.
— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) November 5, 2013
Well said, Matt.