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NFL Launches Effort to Change Locker-Room Culture

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The San Francisco 49ers chant in the locker room following the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Michael Zagaris—Getty Images

Every player will attend human resources seminars in the next month

The NFL kicked off its effort Monday to reform locker-room culture, with representatives from the league’s human resources team and a group of retired player “ambassadors” set to visit each team to kickstart conversations with players after a bullying incident raised pitched questions.

The hour-long sessions will include talks from values-based-leadership speaker Dov Seidman and former player Wade Davis, who came out as gay after retiring Sports Illustrated reports. Davis recently spoke with the Rams organizations after they drafted Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be selected in the NFL draft.

The mandatory sessions come after Jonathan Martin quit the Miami Dolphins over allegations of hazing and bullying, particularly by Richie Incognito. The scandal sparked demands from both inside and outside the NFL that the league do something to eradicate—or at the very least minimize—discrimination and bullying among the players.

Read more at Sports Illustrated

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Tennessee Frat Suspended After Hot Sauce-on-Genitals Hazing

The Alpha Phi Alpha chapter has been suspended until 2016

The University of Tennessee’s chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity has been suspended after students admitted to hazing pledges by pouring hot sauce on their genitals.

Charges were brought forward to campus officials after one pledge’s parent and the uncle of another pledge contacted the university in March with concerns about the fraternity’s initiation process.

“A folder containing historical facts, a hand written letter, and a pair of men’s underwear was delivered to the Dean of Student’s Office,” says a university document chronicling events leading to the fraternity’s suspension. “The letter advised that an element of the hazing involved pouring hot sauce on the young men’s genitals and that the underwear was hot sauce stained.”

The fraternity did not have a house on the campus of the university. It has been suspended as a student organization until August 2016.

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