Christ, what a freak show. Hazing is like the prole version of initiation. In a broad sense it is understandable because it establishes a pecking order. In gangs I think new people get "jumped in," which is basically just getting beat up. It's all pretty primitive. When I was on the low end of the totem pole the older guys would just go out of their way to blindside you or pull other petty stunts. Pretty standard, and I suppose a milder version of hazing, however when I became the king muckamuck in high school I abolished all such faggotries and restored law and order to the realm. One thing I will never forget is that when we had petty leaders our teams underachieved, and when our leaders discarded such pettiness, we overachieved. Why does the press delight in such things? Occam's razor would conclude that the press is made up of satanic preverts.