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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity hit with multimillion dollar hazing lawsuit

Kevin Hayes


The prestigious Black Greek letter fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha has been hit with a major hazing lawsuit. Bowie State University student Kevin Hayes filed the lawsuit on Monday in Prince George’s County Circuit Court for battery/hazing, false imprisonment and gross negligence. Hayes stated in the lawsuit that Alpha Phi Alpha members Mike Ross, Keenan Goins and others punched, hit, slapped, body slammed and paddled Hayes during the fall of 2013.

According to the lawsuit, Hayes was subjected to well-known Alpha Phi Alpha hazing punishments known as jewel shockers (side slaps), back racks (back slaps), fat Joes (chest slaps), as well as taking “wood” (paddling).  A graphic photo shows the extent of the bruising that Hayes received to his buttocks from being hit with wooden paddles.


butt bruise


In addition, the lawsuit claims that members of the Alpha Phi Alpha chapter threatened Hayes and other initiates about snitching to authorities regarding their treatment as “Sphinxmen.” The lawsuit alleges that Hayes and his mother were threatened by members of the fraternity. Bowie State University issued the following statement:

“Bowie State University is aware of the lawsuit filed today alleging an incidence of hazing by a fraternity on our campus. We understand that the university is not named as a party in the suit and we are not able to comment about any allegations cited in the suit. Bowie State University has a stringent anti-hazing policy that is coupled with a strong anti-hazing education program. The university considers hazing to be indefensible and contrary to the interest of the university community. We work continuously with Greek and other student organizations to assure understanding that no activity that causes mental, physical or social harm will be tolerated.”

It is a well-known fact among all Black Greek letter organizations that one hazing lawsuit could bankrupt a fraternity or sorority. Because of this, individual chapters and members are held liable by the national organization when it comes to hazing. Some fraternities use the term “intake” process instead of pledging to signify the end of hazing. Every Black Greek letter organization has been hit at some point with a hazing crisis or a hazing lawsuit.


  1. britishrose on December 30, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    you would think these kids have more important endeavors than to hit another person, like a bunch of dominitrix, no one loves to be beat!! these faternities need to be held accountable for actions like this in a time we got police brutality everywhere are they just not reading .. how could they be marching for mike brown and beating one of their own race to a pulp COLLEGE EDUCATED DONT MEAN YOU AINT DUMB AS HELL

    • Likewaterforchoc on December 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      No, it’s just their hypocrisy claiming to be the ones uplifting the black community, portraying themselves as “The Talented 10th” and defending not protesting against racial injustice because of those precious letters.

  2. Likewaterforchoc on December 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    And here, they thought that TV a show like “Sorority Sisters” was going to embarrass black Greeks and cast them in a poor light. Most, if not all of the D9, have had similar charges brought against them or been suspended from campuses, even during my time at my HBCU.

  3. Greek Member on December 30, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    He knew what he was signing up for. He could have dropped line and stopped the process. He is an adult and should have quit. I’m sorry he is grown and responsible for his own decisions. No one made him do anything. I am a Greek and I could walk away at anytime in the process. I knew my rights. No one if holding anyone captive. You people commenting who are not a part of Greek life have no idea what we do and what we stand for. Don’t believe everything you see on reality tv. We have paved the way for equality in this country and have uplifted the black community. Look at your history, most of the black leaders in this country are BLACK GREEKS!

    • hidaya on December 30, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      Black Greeks mean nothing. I am an AKA and so what? I have no right to assault anyone and not be prosecuted. Yes , he is an adult and he chose to see just how stupid APhiA boys would act. Well I hope he gets all he is suing for. In case you haven’t heard little boy, keep your arms and legs to yourself. Do not hit others. … laughable….

  4. LA W on December 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    All this violent abuse just to be part of fraternity further propagates the slavery mentality and slave. Using violence to humiliate and indoctrinate a person or “intake” a person into a fraternity is deplorable. Sad part is, these young men pay hundreds of dollars just to pledge and be initiated this way. This is 2014/15 not 1814….

  5. Diamond Blue on December 30, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    These are not men they bitchs i never see them empowering young men. Instead of making programs, or helping oppressed blacks. Sorry do not give your time or money to these fools. I have seen black street gangs with better values than this bullshit. Remember these are greek based themes. I wish some street dudes would haze they ass scared straight style. Whatever happen to orgs having values like the black panther party. Big Meech had the right idea but not the right Legal Team.