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Former Alabama offensive lineman David Ross. (abc3340.com) Former Alabama offensive lineman David Ross. (abc3340.com)
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 Bullying is often associated with young people, but it's also in the adult world. The NFL has hired an attorney to investigate bullying accusations against suspended Miami Dolphin Ritchie Incognito.  He's accused of bullying a teammate so relentlessly that he quit the team.

Ritchie Incognito is accused of leaving Martin a string of racist voice mails and text massages using the "n-word" and saying he would kill him.

"Now you're hearing all these ex-NFL players saying, look, it's a violent culture," Dr. Josh Klapow, UAB clinical psychologist said.

It's found in fraternities, sororities, and teams - hazing is often simply part of being a rookie, but when does it go 'too far' and become bullying?

"If they're feeling psychological distress on an ongoing basis, then it doesn't matter whether you're 6'5, 300 pounds, or you're 5'8, 150 pounds. the same impact can happen regardless of the situation," Klapow said.

Incognito faces charges of bullying martin to the point Martin walked off the team.

"The fact that it was such a big deal with the departure of a player," Former University of Alabama lineman, David Ross said. "It exacerbated the problem and made it public and very shocking."

We sat down with former University of Alabama Offensive Lineman, David Ross.

He says - at Alabama- the relationships between team members changed when Coach Saban signed on.

"I can say adamantly that he is against any type of hazing," Ross said. "There might have been some transfer of ritual practices that were in place when he got there, but they have dissolved overnight. It's definitely a priority, those guys are a part of the team the second they get there."

"You have a jersey number, you have a helmet you get to put on, you get to practice every day, there's not a ritual that is going to change that," Ross said.

 

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