NFL Hazing: Former Football Stars Sam Madison and Shawne Merriman Dismiss Locker Room Bullying

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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2012, file photo, Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin looks up from the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Miami. The young offensive lineman faces the daunting challenge of slowing down the NFL's sacks leader San Francsico 49ers Aldon Smith on Sunday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2012, file photo, Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin looks up from the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Miami. The young offensive lineman faces the daunting challenge of slowing down the NFL's sacks leader San Francsico 49ers Aldon Smith on Sunday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Former NFL Stars Sam Madison and Shawne Merriman joined HuffPost Live on Wednesday to discuss NFL hazing, in light of the recent news that Miami Dolphin Jonathan Martin left the team due to bullying.

Madison acknowledged that bullying is part of the NFL locker room atmosphere and that all you want in that locker room is "tough guys to go to battle with." Former all-pro linebacker Merriman believes the term "bullying" to describe the treatment of Martin is "used too loosely" and that rookie hazing incidents are "not a big deal."

WATCH Madison and Merriman above and the full "Bullies in the NFL" segment below: