Last week we told you about how Jon Hamm reportedly hazed the SHIT out of pledges while he was a Sigma Nu at the University of Texas at Austin, and while I can understand hazing to a degree…this is disturbing.
The purpose of hazing, from what I’m told, is to bring pledges closer together by bonding through shared experiences. Sure, going to Six Flags together and farting around for a day also technically counts as a “shared experience,” but who are you going to feel a closer bond with – the guy you dicked around on bumper cars with, or the dude doing pushups next to you in a dark basement while the two of you are getting reprimanded for doing a shit job at cleaning the chapter house the day before? It’s obviously not a perfect system, but (hopefully) you can at least see where it’s coming from and the purpose it’s trying to serve.
The hazing that Jon Hamm reportedly did, on the other hand, serves no purpose other than to mutilate and torture Mark Allen Sanders.
Daily Mail has obtained the 1991 interview transcript between Sanders and investigators with the Travis County’s Attorney’s Office, and if what he says is true then Jon Hamm, as well as the other members of Sigma Nu who were reportedly involved, are sick individuals.
…Sanders tells investigators with the Travis County’s Attorney’s Office how he suffered ‘repeated beatings and assaults’ at the hands of Sigma Nu ‘actives’.
He also alleged that he and his fellow pledges were subjected to ‘repeated confinements’ in a series of tiny compartments carved into the frat building’s foundations – including ‘the pit’, ‘the hole’ and ‘the grave’.
Sanders told officials the worst of the hazing happened in the early hours of November 10, 1990 when he was summoned to the house and warned by Hamm: ‘It’s going to be a long night.’
…He listed Hamm as one of his chief tormentors, recalling how the future star ordered him to recite a six-page list of phrases pledges are told to memorize called the ‘bulls*** list’.
When he forgot the last of Hamm’s nicknames, which included MC Hammer and Young Bobby, he recalled how Hamm got “mad, I mean really mad’.
Hamm and his frat cohorts’ retribution was to spank Sanders repeatedly with a paddle.
‘I’m hurting bad, I mean being hit right where the kidney is, it’s killing me,’ Sanders told his interviewers.
Hamm and another fraternity member then lifted Sanders up by his underwear, pulling it back and forth in a sawing motion.
‘I don’t know how far underwear stretches, I don’t know how far I was off the ground,’ he recalled.
‘I was hurting really bad and I remember I was looking up at the ceiling and I was gritting my teeth and squinting my eyes … it was sawing and it was hurting.’
Sanders told investigators how Hamm then led him to ‘the pit’ where he ordered him to do press-ups and pushed his face into the ground.
The distraught pledge felt someone, possibly Hamm, standing on his back.
Hamm is then supposed to have set fire to Sanders’ pants and refused to let him pat the flames down, instead making him blow them out.
Finally he was led upstairs to the ‘party room’ when Hamm hooked the claw of a hammer underneath his testicles and pulled him around the room ‘for at least a minute’.(Via)
Sanders managed to flee to a friend’s room to escape being brutalized, and later claimed to have suffered damage to his ribs, kidney spasms and a lineal spinal fracture. Although a police investigation began when his mother reported her son’s hazing to UT authorities and a lawsuit was filed against Sigma Nu, it was eventually dismissed, which Daily Mail believes to be a possible sign that an out-of-court settlement had been reached.
As for what happened to Hamm after the incident, he left UT Austin at the end of the semester without a degree, and while he was arrested by the Austin Police Department that same year he received “deferred adjudication,” allowing him to avoid criminal conviction by instead being on probation for an undisclosed period of time.