The NFL is having a rocky year- at least from a public relations standpoint.

This year alone, more than 40 players have been arrested- most notably New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who stands trial for murder. Then, there's the bad press generated from the Frontline documentary League of Denial, which exposed the NFL's efforts to cover up concussion risks to players. 

Now, the sports world is abuzz over reports of ruthless hazing in the Miami Dolphins locker room. It’s a story that’s transcended the sports pages and is raising questions about what’s expected and tolerated in the NFL.

Shalise Manza Young, who covers the Patriots for the Boston Globe, and Dan Lebowitz, who heads the Sport in Society department at Northeastern University, joined Greater Boston to talk about the allegations.