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Local Teams React to Miami Dolphins Hazing Allegations

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by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Both the Titans and MTSU's football team are weighing in on the nationwide discussion about "locker room culture" after claims that Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito sent threatening text messages and voicemails to his teammate, Jonathan Martin.

Former Titans offensive lineman Brad Hopkins said the locker room culture that some would call hazing remains in the NFL today, but he has never seen it cross the line into hurtful bullying.

"It could be playing with toilet water, or standing up on a table singing your fight song when you know you can't sing," Hopkins said.  "Those are things done to humble a person, usually people who speak highly of themselves.

However, Hopkins said the racial slurs and threats of violence Miami Dolphins Guard Richie Incognito is said to have allegedly leveled against teammate Jonathan Martin goes too far.

"What was going on in Miami is a little different, you're looking at a guy who was making threats, looking at a guy trying to oppress, saying things that are made to be offensive," Hopkins said.

This week, Titan's Coach Mike Munchak said some pranks can be good to a point, remembering back to when he played, but players have to know where the line is.

"There are things we've done more for fun, but there's limits to everything you can do," Munchak said.

Tuesday, MTSU's football coach Rick Stockstill also addressed the controversy, saying team members of any age should remember the ultimate goal is to succeed -- as one.

"We're all in this together and you play the game with each other because this is the best fraternity these guys will ever be a part of," Stockstill said.

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