Driver supports NFL hazing, but 'bullying is wrong'
Against the New Orleans Saints in 2006. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Green Bay Packers' all-time leading receiver went on national television Friday and got into the hot topic of the Miami Dolphins' hazing/bullying case involving Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.
He chose to make a delineation about often-accepted NFL hazing among players and bully-like actions that Incognito is accused of - bullying through racist text messages and threats against Martin and his family.
On the ABC show "The View," he talked specifically about hazing experiences he said he went through in Green Bay.
"I don't think they should do away with hazing...you have to embrace it," he said. "I think it's fine."
He said that hazing wasn't unusual in the NFL and is simply part of the sport's culture, including things like buying meals for your veteran teammates.
"They would tell me, 'We want you to bring everyone on the plane lunch.' My rookie year, I made $125,000."
Driver received criticism on Twitter for his comments on hazing.
@Donald_Driver80 I disagree w your thoughts on hazing. Bullying is bullying. Abuse is abuse! No wonder FB players get in so much trouble!— Mona (@Have_a_Heart_US) November 8, 2013
But after the show, he tried to draw a line between bullying and hazing.
People, People, People. Bullying is wrong. We all have to agree. We will find away to stop it.— Donald Driver (@Donald_Driver80) November 8, 2013