Don’t Haze Me Bro

nfl hazing

Written By: Steven Kennebrew-Turner

~Dub Deuce The Poet~


With the recent fiasco involving Miami Dolphins’ teammates Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, the “hazing-light” is now shining in some very private places…the NFL locker rooms and facilities.

Many ask the questioned; how can a big physically imposing NFL figure be hazed to the point where it’s considered bullying? Well, in the violent emotionally charged culture of the NFL, hazing is normal. For instance, it is customary that NFL rookies are hazed until they’ve played 20 games; which automatically means that a hazing period goes into year 2 (being that an NFL regular season is 16 games for non playoff teams). This would explain the video taped hazing that was recorded at the New York Giants’ training camp last season…where Jean Pierre Paul threw fellow second year defensive player Prince Amukamara into a cold tub. Many outside of NFL locker rooms were stunned.

In this case, allegedly the Dolphins organization ordered Richie Incognito to toughen up fellow lineman Jonathan Martin…i.e. a Code Red (as explained in the movie A Few Good Men). Richie, a known player with a rap sheet filled with locker room and on field incidents, took Code Red and put it on steroids…creating a situation beyond return.

Does hazing have a place in any environment? In everyday society, no. Where survival is the number one goal; yes! Where does such survival environment exist?  The military…When I asked members of organizations that are known for hazing for input on this article, one of the responders was a high ranking Armed Forces Member. He stated, “I believe the solidarity that is required for these organizations to successfully exist demands a test of fidelity…it’s the responsibility of the leadership to set forth standards of acceptable conduct.” Meaning, you must test the threshold of the individual that you must depend on to watch your back and you, his (during combat). Once those limits are discovered, you must then go beyond them.  Civil Rights Counter Sitting

Similar structured military type hazing was done during the Civil Rights Era in America. Students and activists were able to endure such abuse because the elders of the era tested their limits in occult settings before going into harms way.

When limits aren’t test, then you get such a situation similar to what Tavis Smiley and Tom Joyner had.  Where in 2006, Tavis & Tom led the charge to publish The Covenant With Black America. A book outlining efforts to hold the next President of the U.S. accountable to Black related issues. During this time, Tavis would often mention in his weekly commentaries on Tom’s radio show that when he was ever in a fox hole and had to fight his way out in a battle that Tom Joyner would be his trusted fox hole mate to watch his back for survival. However, when the next President was one of color, Tom Joyner abandoned ship of holding accountability and Tavis stayed the course…the friendship no longer exists between the two.

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With this said, unfortunately and erroneously, environments and pop culture such as the NFL has accepted hazing as a Rights Of Passage. Let me explain.

Hazing has been popularized with Greek college fraternities and sororities. It is often stated within these organizations that hazing builds character and a stronger individual as well as organization.  In its Alkebulan (African) origin, this may have been true. However, in today’s culture, hazing (outside of military means) has come to do more damage than good…in an alarming number of instances, leading to death.

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The parents of such behavior (the ancient Greeks themselves), in their traditional fashion of plagiarizing African culture, attempted to bring Rights Of Passage into its culture. However, like anything plagiarized, it fails miserably. Thus, methods of brutality & embarrassment were added, and building progressive character and structure exited. Giving birth to hazing and burying Rights Of Passage.

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Acceptance of such brutality & embarrassment was displayed in the Miami Dolphins locker room and facilities involving Incognito and Martin. Current NFL Players, former players, commentators, hosts, former coaches, and writers have stated that hazing (particularly rookies) has been around just a long as the league itself. However, all within my ear range have stated that Incognito took it too far with the bullying and racial slur.

What many that haven’t spent an extensive amount of time in a football locker room don’t know is that there is always a team member known as an enforcer on the field. With his aggressive rap sheet, it is my thought that Richie was such player. So, the allegation that the Dolphins organization wanted him to “toughen up” Martin is no surprise. Even during Dallas Cowboys’ Defensive End DeMarcus Ware’s rookie year, Head Coach Bill Parcells took it upon himself to haze DeMarcus. Something as simple as getting water for the coach was deemed DeMarcus’s job each and everytime Parcells wanted it.i-am-a-man

Keep in mind that hazing is not just limited to sports, college campuses, and the military. Another industry infested with hazing is the film & entertainment industry. The term used in this industry is not hazing but “casting couch”. Where inspiring & veteran entertainers have consensual sex with the producer or director of a film/record label to be a part of the cast of such production…regardless if the sexual gender is the same of such producer or director involved.

Stand Up:

The brutality suffered by Jonathan Martin came in the form of white supremacy. Like $40 million slaves, NFL players are portraying Incognito as the victim and Martin as the villain. Why? Because Jonathan Martin broke the code of the locker room…such slave mentality ignores the racism in Incognito’s hazing and pays more attention to the broken code. More respect is given to a gladiator system of supremacy versus the simple respect of a man. On the other hand, its hard to get someone else to standup for you when you won’t standup for yourself. Thus, Martin’s lack of toughness in a tough man career has led many around the league to question is sexuality (whether right, wrong, or indifferent).

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Thus, Martin should have taken Incognito to the “wood shed”. Meaning, in the culture of hazing, there’s always a point where the neophyte is allowed to fight back. Martin chose not to do so, thus he suffered psychological & emotional damage. Not taking a direct stand made Martin just as much a volunteer as he was a victim. Fights are common in the locker room and on the field when hazing and cheap shots cross the line. Few end with injury or lawsuits. However, this case is destined to conclude in a monetary settlement in Martin’s favor…and, possibily Incognito’s…because he followed protocol.

Rights Of Passage:

To be clear, hazing is not a Rights Of Passage. A Rights Of Passage is conducted by Elders of a culture or group that are not in competition with you. Nor, are they in your age group. Its designed to build character and strengthen the culture/group without detriment to the individual nor group. Its where enlightenment of the ancestors is passed-on. On the other hand, hazing is conducted by your teammates or classmates. It professes building character and brotherhood/sisterhood, however its more of a programming of acceptance of popular group trends with frequent detriment done to the initiates and the organization…because someone of your age group (usually early 20s) has little to no knowledge and wisdom to pass-on. Thus, an initiate is more of competition because he/she may steal the shine or position of those doing the initiating.  Hazing gives you hell; Rights Of Passage gives you knowledge & wisdom! Never confuse the two.



It’s All Mind: Rantin’ & Raving

Written By: Steven Kennebrew-Turner


Many blasted Dez Bryant for his rant on the sidelines this past Sunday. Coward, punk, classless, and immature are just some of the adjectives used to describe him after this Sunday’s game versus the Lions. Even those who have played the game (themselves with great emotions) criticized him. (Shaking my head).

With a brief sigh, I say this. Being one that was once a highly charged player in my early years of football, I had to learn to channel my energy as well. So, under most circumstances, I might have agreed with the criticism that Dez received. However, I actually agree with the timing of his demeanor on the sideline for this team and this game.

Why? Because continuously “accepting” losing as the norm year after year for one of the most talented teams in the NFL is a mark of second rate mindset. Did you see the eyes of Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware…the passion they showed attempting to convince Dez otherwise of his current conviction? I did. And, I ask. Where is that same passion from those leaders of the Cowboys on the field?

Witten’s left him when his helmet flew-off in a game against Philly (years before his spleen injury). Before this point Witten was aggressive and ran like a truck. After this game, he began to immediately stick his arm out (after catches) for fear of getting hit or hurt again…running more like a Pinto. Ware, needs to be more passionate like a Charles Haley or Lawrence Taylor had. And, Romo…well, what he’s missing is another writeup alone…I will simple say that Bryant was attempting to convey to Romo to stop being gun-shy (i.e. nervous)…even when I’m covered; I’m open…throw me the ball!

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Many like Dez erroneously calls passion that “dog” in you. More appropriately, you read it from right to left; it’s the “god” in you!…i.e. The I AM and The I WILL! Remember, in his rookie training camp, Dez told wide receiver Roy Williams (player whom Dez replaced) that he wasn’t here to carry bags (in an attempting hazing by Williams). So, being second rate or subservant on the football field is not something that Dez embraces; unlike the Cowboys’ leadership.
Pearson-Irvin-BryantOnly once in my career, did I play on a team such as this. So, I understand whole heartedly how frustrating it can be. And, nothing changed until somebody or some of us became more vocal in expressing our disagreement in our actions and in our words. After this, attention had to be paid to “what was wrong” with the team, respect elevated, and we only loss one game the remainder of the regular season.

I call this “flushing the toilet”…i.e. getting the sh*t out to put the nutrients in…

This Cowboys team has yet to master the art of winning. But, since losing to Seattle in the playoffs during the 2006 season, the Cowboys leadership has mastered the post game press conference.

Losing is a mindset, and so is Winning!

What say you?

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Nike: Stolen Legacy 2013…A Thief In The Knight

Written By: Steven Kennebrew-Turner

~Dub Deuce The Poet~


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Nike, say it ain’t so…Allegedly stealing…again? Yes, yes, yes, the giant of the sports apparel, Nike, is under fire for allegedly copying the images of a documentary serious about the history of Alkebulan (African) culture, Hidden Colors (1 & 2).  The Nike Hidden Image t-shirts bear the resembling image that is alleged to be a copyright infringement.  The Hidden Image t-shirts are a part of the LeBron James Collection.  Without even looking at the images, just the name itself bears a similar resemblance…compare them Hidden Colors, Hidden Colors 2, and Hidden Image. Hhhmm…

Hidden Colors 1 Cover (left), Hidden Colors 2 Cover (center), Nike's Hidden Image (right)

Hidden Colors 1 Cover (left), Hidden Colors 2 Cover (center), Nike’s Hidden Image (right)

With nothing but a simple glance at a Nike Hidden Image t-shirt, it is quite obvious that the creative mind that conceived the cover of Hidden Colors 1 & 2 birthed identical twins in the form of triplets.  The carbon copy image (Nike Hidden Image) does not sit well with the producer of Hidden Colors Tariq Nasheed.  Nasheed simply states that his legal team is looking into these matters of similarity.

This is not the first time that Nike may have been inspired by Supreme documentary and philosophy.  Before his untimely death, martial arts legend Bruce Lee provided commentary on the martial way. In his wisdom on control or lack-there-of, Bruce introduces the operative philosophy of “Just Do It”.  Hhhmm, sound familiar…(see video below).

After comparing the images and name, Nike definitely has some explaining to do.  The irony of the whole situation is that the Hidden Colors DVD series outlines the stolen & hidden accomplishments of the aboriginals on this planet Earth…the Alkebulans or Moors.  And, Nike has allegedly attempted to do exactly what the series has amplified in its content…stolen an idea & invention and claimed it as it own.  Hhhmm.

Well, I guess that Nike saw nothing wrong with duplicating a culture.  Take a look at these images, and let me know what registers in your subconscious…Hotep:

Converse Shoe in the 1980s.

Converse Shoe in the 1980s.

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Islamic Symbol

Under Armour Logo (left), Nsibidi Love & Unity Symbol (center), Adinkra Universe Symbol (right)

Under Armour Logo (left), Nsibidi Love & Unity Symbol (center), Adinkra Universe Symbol (right)

King James Version: Let US Make Man


(Originally posted on on Jun 24, 2012)
Written By: Steven Kennebrew-Turner (Dub Deuce The Poet)

With the recent NBA Championship win by the Miami Heat
lead by LeBron James, the debate around barbershops and
sports world has begun…has LBJ reached the status level of
the greatest NBA players that have come before him? The
unequivocal answer is, NO.

LeBron James is one of the greatest talents to ever lace
them up in the NBA. With 3 league MVPs, an NBA Finals
MVP, and now an NBA Title, LBJ definitely has an
impressive resume. However, King James’ Version of
greatness is still at the entry level of mastery…i.e. he has
just begun to truly obtain knowledge of the game of
basketball beyond his physical talents. But, just after overcoming one major hurdle, many

(prisoners of the moment) have now ballooned his status to
be worthy of a Jordan comparison. Keep in mind, today, his
level of accomplishments haven’t even reached Kobe
Bryant’s level yet, so he’s definitely nowhere near a
comparison of a Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson.  mj freethrow lineTo be a Master, one must truly have mastered the knowledge of your craft and embrace the knowledge that it’s going to take something greater than your talent to
maximize your greatness (i.e. you’re not depending on
talent alone anymore). Thus, such a Master can begin to
build upon his foundation (toward a dynasty if applicable)
because he has now mastered the tools in his arsenal. This
level in most cases would be known as the apprentice level
because he has simply just begun. At this level, one would
have only mastered talent (not the mind). Mastering the
talent and the mind, one would then move into the next
level…the Grand Master.Magic_Johnson

When you began to talk about the highest Masters of the
NBA Game, then you begin to talk about the Grand Masters
of the NBA. To be at the Grand Master Level, one’s
• Surpasses the “knowledge” stage of the game and
continually and/or consistently dwell in the levels of
“wisdom and overstanding”…balanced with the
power of their raw talent…where you’re no longer a
floor general on the court, you are now the Master
Teacher (i.e. coach) on the court (and in cases of a
Michael, Magic, and Kobe at the bench as well).
• Not only did teams have to game plan for Grand
Masters, they feared them.
• Watching a Grand Master play, you could truly say
“you are watching a Master at work.”
• Traditionally won/wins multiple titles.
• You absolutely positively wanted the ball in their
hands during pressure situations in big games;
meaning they were traditionally “clutch” i.e. a “killer”.
• Their minds would be similar to one of a Grand
Master of Chess…unbreakable confidence even in
defeat…patient and potentExamples of such players would be Magic Johnson, Michael

Jordan, Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Isaiah Thomas, Akeem
Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, and
Kobe Bryant.Kobe_Bryant_Wallpaper

Keep in mind, none of the Grand Masters started as Grand
Masters; they had to grow into such a level too…(though
someone like a Magic Johnson came into the league as a
Master, he too had to grow into GM). This, my friends, is
why LBJ has to continue to grow into the mastery of his
craft to eventually be included amongst the Greatest Of All
Time…the Grand Masters of the NBA. With the completion
of his 9th year in the league, he’s finally begun to walk
through the door of a Master NBA player.

As well, please be reminded that LBJ has only overcome one major hurdle, once. (And, that’s winning one NBA Championship to date). Thus, even mentioning him to be amongst the Grand Masters is blasphemy. But, this is what many in the sports world pulpits are preaching today. I say; don’t fall under the ghost-spell of the false prophets.

Keep striving King James…