11/07/2013 11:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

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

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: