Really, it was pretty light-hearted stuff that Bryant probably took a little too seriously. Calling it “hazing” was, of course, a tad absurd as well.
But since it became a league-wide deal, it was only a matter of time before the Patriots guys started fielding questions on it … And Matt Light took a whack at the subject today.
“Lots of peace and happiness here at Patriot training camp,” Light joked. “It’s like a brotherhood. We don’t want to single anyone out. Have you every seen any hazing out here?”
When apprised that a few reporters had caught some rookies diving through a mud pit in the past, with Tom Brady wielding a hose and spraying them down, Light smirked and said, “That’s a training technique. Flexibility and how they operate under pressure … as in from a hose.”
And the haircuts? “I can’t think of an example where we’ve ever done any kind of hazing to a rookie,” the tackle responded. “I mean, those guys cut their own hair. So if you want to bring up those examples, that’s never been a veteran-led push. That’s really for aerodynamics and sweat control.”
Good thing these rookies got the vets to look out for them …