Major League baseball players will no longer be allowed to make their rookie teammates dress up as women, a long-standing tradition by veteran players that the new collective bargaining agreement has deemed “offensive.”
The news was not well-received by a number of retired players, who expressed their disappointment with the new anti-hazing rule on Twitter.
Some defenders of the ritual argue that it’s not at all about homophobia or transphobia, but merely a way of making their teammates feel different. Critics, meanwhile, say it’s an issue that society as a whole has begun taking far more seriously in recent times, one that professional athletes should also begin addressing.
A similar incident reportedly occurred in November at the Texas Rangers training facility in the Dominican Republic. Four players were accused of sexually assaulting six teammates in a dress-up style hazing ritual.