Halting Hazing

MLB Bans Hazing, Offensive to Public


Emilee Holscher, Web Editor

Social media outrage has influenced Major League Baseball to create an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy that prohibits pre-season hazing. Specifically rookies will dress up as women or dress in other costumes that can be seen to others as offensive and insensitive. According to The Associated Press, who obtained the policy, “requiring, coercing or encouraging players from dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other characteristics” are now prohibited. Also, any players encouraged to drink any alcoholic beverage, be under the influence of a drug or ingest any unwanted substance for hazing purposes are banned.

The players reactions unclear, this will create a safe environment for players and fans alike.

Although not all costumes are banned, superhero costumes being an example, the policy will be enforced at the start of the 2017 season and should create a positive impact for another season.