As we discussed at Ball Don’t Lie last week, the culture within NBA locker rooms satisfactorily prevents any sort of approximation of the behavior reported to come out of the Miami Dolphins’ locker room recently. Because pro basketball doesn’t foster a violent, destructive culture, the sort of chest-thumping and browbeating that Richie Incognito has been accused of would not have a place in the NBA.
Just to be sure, though, the NBA sent out a memo warning teams just how verboten hazing is in their league. The New York Daily News’ Frank Isola shared the details from the memo over the weekend:
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According to the report, the NBA’s list of violations includes: any physical abuse or threats of violence; verbal abuse focused on an individual’s race, nationality, color, gender, age, religion, sexuality, etc.; destruction, defacement or theft of a fellow player’s personal property; engaging in any activity that intimidates or threatens fellow players with ostracism or inflicts extreme mental stress, embarrassment, humiliation or shame; and forcing an individual to engage in any activity or perform any task that violates federal, state or local law or NBA rules and regulations.