This response only highlights the need for continuing education about the detrimental effects of hazing within organizations.
The NIC will continue to support and empower those who make the decision to stand up to hazing.
From NBC Sports
SAN ANTONIO - Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant says he never expected his refusal to carry Roy Williams' shoulder pads to become such a big issue.
And the Cowboys' first-round pick says he didn't know that rookies carrying the pads of veterans after practice was a long-standing ritual.
Bryant says he told Williams that if he had known the situation was going to turn out like this, the rookie would have carried all of Williams' equipment. Bryant says he's trying to do the right things.
While signing autographs Tuesday with fans shouting their support for him, Bryant insisted everything is fine between him and Williams, and all his teammates.
Bryant says he has no problem with another rookie tradition of paying for meals.
Dallas Cowboy Dez Bryant takes a stand against the “tradition” of hazing.
Cowboy Wide Receiver Dez Bryant took steps to end a tradition of hazing within his team by standing up a veteran player and refusing to condone personal servitude, one of the most common forms of hazing. The NIC supports Bryant and all those who continue to fight against hazing in fraternities, on teams, and within organizations.
SAN ANTONIO -- Receiver Dez Bryant has done everything right on the field during the first two days of Dallas Cowboys training camp, but he refuses to participate in an NFL rite of passage.
According to the rookie first-round pick, ayers/profile?playerId=5532">Roy Williams and the other veteran receivers can carry their own shoulder pads after practice.
Williams gave his pads to Bryant after Sunday's morning practice, but Bryant declined to carry them. Williams threatened to go to "step two" when talking to reporters.
"I'm not doing it," Bryant said. "I feel like I was drafted to play football, not carry another player's pads."
"If I was a free agent, it would still be the same thing. I just feel like I'm here to play football. I'm here to try to help win a championship, not carry someone's pads. I'm saying that out of no disrespect to [anyone]."
It's a common duty for rookies, who typically get some sort of hazing. Bill Parcells used to make first-round picks bring him water during breaks in practice. The Cowboys' rookie offensive linemen are given awful haircuts by the veterans at some point during each training camp.
"Everybody has to go through it," Williams said. "I had to go through it. No matter if you're a No. 1 pick or the 7,000th pick, you've still got to do something when you're a rookie.
"I carried pads. I paid for dinners. I paid for lunches. I did everything I was supposed to do, because I didn't want to be that guy."
What would "step two" be?
"We'll find out. Definitely going to find out," Williams said. "I don't know. I've seen guys take people's credit cards and go fill up their cards and wife's cards and everything. There's a lot of dirt that goes on in that locker room."
Bryant, a Lufkin, Texas, native who went to Oklahoma State, has become an immediate fan favorite. He made several spectacular catches during each practice in the Alamodome -- where the crowd roars even when he makes routine plays -- and runs a lap around the field high-fiving fans before going into the locker room.
Williams, an Odessa, Texas, native and University of Texas product, is a frequent target of fan criticism due to his poor production since being traded from the Detroit Lions during the 2008 season. He was booed during Sunday morning's practice when he dropped a pass, although Pro Bowler Miles Austin didn't get similar treatment when he had a drop in the afternoon session.
"I bought a Ford F-250 2011. Everybody loves a new car but I also have a 2004 Navigator that's still running," Williams said about the perception that Bryant will soon be the starter. "So that's the way I feel."
There has been no previous friction between Williams and Bryant, whose arrival puts Williams' status as a starter in jeopardy. Williams has consistently praised Bryant publicly and made it clear that the rookie could come to him with any questions that he had.
Williams believes it's a veteran's duty to serve as a mentor to rookies. And he believes it's a rookie's duty to carry the veterans' shoulder pads to the locker room after practice.
"I don't believe in that at all," Bryant said. "We have a goal here. It's not about playing games. It's all about just trying to do the right thing and achieve our goal."
Many people are familiar with the NIC’s 5-Step Recruitment Model, but Beta Theta Pi has inserted an important a sixth step.
1) Meet Him
2) Make Him A Friend
3) Introduce Him to Your Friends
4) Evaluate Him Against Standards (NEW STEP)
“Now that you have made a new friend and introduced him to your friends, it is time to decide if he meets your recruitment standards. Is this person committed academically? Will this person uphold our obligations? If indeed he has the qualities we seek as Betas, we should proceed in introducing him to the Fraternity.”
I believe that we have been doing this over the years as part of making new friends. While some men do this automatically, Beta Theta Pi has inserted this step because evaluation should be very intentional. Deliberately reflecting upon and discussing the organization’s standards with your friends who have met this person will strengthen chapters. Those conversations should become ritual for judging standards of your organization against its prospective new members. These intentional conversations serve as a reminder of the standards and values of your organization that will drive the quality and strength of your chapter.
5) Introduce Him to the Fraternity
6) Ask Him to Join
Hats off to Beta Theta Pi for critically thinking about recruitment and standards. Thanks to the editors The Beta Theta Pi for the article “If It’s The Fraternity’s Lifeline, Then Why Do So Many Chapters Struggle With It? RECRUITMENT” that appeared in its 2010 Summer Issue. http://www.betathetapi.org/news/magazine