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TODAY   |  November 18, 2013

Favre: Bullying in NFL ‘part of the locker room’

Brett Favre tells TODAY’s Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview that his initial reaction to the Miami Dolphins flap was disbelief that a grown man could be a victim of bullying. “I’m not saying it’s right,” he said. “It’s just the way it is.”

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>> there is another subject making the rounds in football right now and it's the story brewing with the miami dolphins . these two offensive linemen. one accusing the other of prolonged bullying. what was your initial reaction when you heard the story?

>> my initial reaction was you have to be kidding me.

>> why?

>> pro football ? bullying? it's the toughest sport. most violent. not to mention you're men. some older than others. so it's not like a little 12-year-old on a playground. and i'm not defending or condoning. all i'm saying is my initial reaction was a grown man who is 320 pounds is getting bullied?

>> you don't think it's possible?

>> i never thought i would see it. i'm not saying it's not possible. i'm not saying it didn't happen. i don't know. i haven't paid a lot of attention but my initial reaction was you have got to be kidding me.

>> when you heard the stories that have come out, does it make you think about any part of the culture of the nfl where you think, well, yeah, maybe that is part of the locker room mentality?

>> it is part of the locker room .

>> what happens in the locker room ?

>> those types of things. there's a lot of guys getting picked on. some handle it well. some don't handle it as well. i'm not saying it's right and from a locker room stance or from a team stance, i'm not saying it's wrong. it's just the way it is.

>> at oak grove high school farve says that type of behavior is not tolerated in the locker room or on the field and as he continues this next chapter of his career, farve's perspective has changed in a way he hopes can teach a lesson to his players.