Jon Hamm seems like a nice enough guy. I say that based entirely off his character on 30 Rock. But according to newly revealed Texas court documents, that might not have always been the case.
In 1990 Hamm was one of seven Sigma Nu frat boys who were arrested in connection with a brutal hazing that involved lighting a pledge on fire and using a claw hammer on his testicles. You know, frat stuff.
The court documents claim that Hamm and his fellow Sigma Nu frat brothers struck a prospective pledge with a wooden paddle more than 30 times on that night. They also allegedly picked him up by his underwear and “pulled it back and forth in a sawing motion,” causing “great pain.” Hamm even set the pledge’s pants on fire, the documents claim, “and would not let [the pledge] extinguish the flame with his hand but made [him] blow it out.
Spanking, wedgies, assault with a flammable liquid: why would you even join a frat if you had a problem with this sort of behavior?
Next, the documents claim, Hamm "hooked the claw of a hammer underneath [the pledge’s] genitals and led him by the hammer around the room.” He rounded out the night by breaking into the apartment of another pledge, the documents claim, “in order to bring [him] to the fraternity house” to subject him to “similar hazing activity.”
Alright, fine. A claw hammer on the testicles does seem a bit extreme. But in all fairness, it’s not like he used it to crush the pledge’s nuts. He just dragged him around a bit. And did they really need to refer to it as a “claw hammer?” It’s just a regular hammer. Why make it sound so scary? This sounds like a hatchet job to me.
A note to Jon Hamm’s PR people: Please make my check payable to cash.
In the end, Hamm reached a plea deal with authorities and was never convicted of a crime. Although he later ended up working with January Jones, which is punishment enough.