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Northwestern athletes, lawyers detail ‘toxic culture’ of hazing at NU

Speaking publicly for the first time since allegations of hazing and misconduct embroiled the university and led to the dismissal of longtime coach Pat Fitzgerald, four former Northwestern football players detailed an environment of ritualized abuse that has left many still dealing with the traumatic fallout years after the end of their playing careers.

“The university and football program has let us down,” said former quarterback and wide receiver Lloyd Yates, who played at Northwestern from 2015-17. “We were thrown into a culture where physical, emotional and sexual abuse was normalized.

“We were all victims, no matter what our roles were at the time.”

Yates was joined at a press conference in Chicago by attorneys Ben Crump and Steven Levin and three former teammates: Warren Miles-Long, a former linebacker and running back who played from 2013-18; Simba Short, who played linebacker for two years before medically retiring in 2016; and former tight end Tom Carnifax, who played from 2017-20.