20 Law & Order: SVU Episodes That Were Ripped From The Headlines
“GRIDIRON SOLDIER,” SEASON 15, EPISODE 16
In the “Gridiron Soldier” episode of Law & Order: SVU, the team encounters a case of hazing gone horribly wrong. When Winston Duke is being scouted for the fictional Hudson University football team, his luck pretty much ends there. What starts as seemingly-innocent hazing and messing around goes south when the team blindfolds Duke and has a man perform oral sex on him without his consent. In a fit of homophobic rage, he ends up punching a gay man at a bar. Many could argue that this episode was a lot like the Miami Dolphins hazing incident, in which older team members bullied a new member, Jonathan Martin, to the point of suicidal thoughts. He eventually quit the team, and a full-scale investigation into the harassment was launched.