Let the Hazing Begin
The first rookie hazing during Washington Redskins training camp took place after Monday afternoon's practice session, with cornerback Kevin Barnes and linebacker Robert Henson rounded up and tied to a goalpost by veteran defensive players.
The two rookies were left there for 20 minutes before defensive ends Andre Carter and Phillip Daniels trekked down to the field to untie them and allow the pair to return to the main facility in time to make meetings.
Linebacker London Fletcher "said that [Cornelius] Griffin needed to talk to me about something, and then Griff put his arm around me and was like, 'Don't fight it,'" Henson said. "And if somebody that big tells you don't fight it, they mean it. So it's better to just go with it and not have the whole [defensive] line and defense on me."
DeAngelo Hall took Barnes over to the goalpost, the third-rounder from Maryland said, and after the two first-year players were taped up, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth dumped a cooler of ice water on them.
Earlier this year, Redskins Coach Jim Zorn said he had discouraged rookie hazing, and at his news conference Zorn played coy about the incident.
"Are there? Wow," Zorn deadpanned when told the rookies were taped to the goalpost.
Zorn also said he had never been tied to a goalpost during his playing days.
"When I was playing I've seen our trainer tied upside down in the training room on a boxing, you know a speed bag platform, tied upside down and left there," Zorn said. He was left there, "until somebody came to their senses and got him down. But no, I've never been really tied up."
Barnes said he was comfortable enough out on the goalpost and was preparing to take a nap when the two veteran defensive ends finally came out to untie him.
He also said he didn't think it'd be the end of the hazing.
"It could get worse," Barnes said. "This might not be all of it. We've got a lot of rookies, I know, so this wasn't too bad. I've heard worse stories so it might not be the end."
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