Law & Policy: Sportsmanship
UNM Women's Soccer Opener Nixed Amid Hazing Probe
by Mark Smith, Assistant Sports Editor August 2014
The University of New Mexico has canceled its women's soccer season opener and is conducting an investigation into allegations of hazing in an incident that sent two players to the hospital Sunday night and caused two players to quit the team.
Little League Mom Still Volunteers Despite Son's Death
by Bret McCormick, The Herald of Rock Hill August 2014
CHESTER People deal with tragedy in various ways. Toni Perrigan s method pouring herself into the place where her 13-year-old son, Gerald, suffered a fatal heart attack in 2009 has earned her the recognition of Little League baseball officials. Perrigan was recently given the Little League baseball Southeastern Region Volunteer of the Year award in Warner Robins, Ga. It was an acknowledgment that she returned to the Chester baseball complex just two weeks after Gerald suffered the heart attack on the same field that took his life two days later. And it will be recognition that during the five years since the tragedy, she hasn t stopped volunteering in the sport her son adored. I don t do it for the attention, I don t do it to be recognized, said Perrigan. I love doing it. Gerald Perrigan became involved with baseball as a four-year-old bat-boy for Troy Roberts team. Roberts, a gregarious Californian who runs the Chester Little League, watched Gerald and his brother, Alex two years and two months older than Gerald rise up the league s ranks.
Cleveland Indians Pressured to Change Name, Mascot
by Jim Siegel, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH August 2014
A state senator from Cincinnati wants to apply pressure to Cleveland Indians ownership to change the team's nickname and mascot, Chief Wahoo.
Stopping Hazing in College and High School Athletics
by Hank Nuwer July 2014
When it comes to hazing incidents serious enough to gain national attention, the big question posed again and again recalls the sad refrain from the old ballad, "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" Specifically, when will they ever learn?
Dungy Clarifies Comments, Michael Sam Responds
by Michael Gaio July 2014
Former Buccaneers and Colts head coach Tony Dungy made news earlier this week when he was quoted saying he "wouldn't have taken" former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who is openly gay, in the NFL Draft.
Fans, Players, Coaches Caught in Court-Storming Melee
by Michael Gaio February 2014
It's a situation any administrator or facilities professional dreads: a court-storming gone wrong. And that's exactly what happened Thursday night in Orem, Utah, after Utah Valley knocked off New Mexico State to remain atop the standings in the Western Athletic Conference.
Official Report Released in Incognito Bullying Case
by Emily Attwood February 2014
Just two days after Richie Incognito tweeted “the truth is going to bury you,” the truth is out, but it doesn’t look like Jonathan Martin is the one who’s going to be buried. The results of the NFL-sanctioned report investigating allegations of misconduct among the Miami Dolphins were released this morning. In his report, investigator Ted Wells concluded that Richie Incognito and two other teammates demonstrated a pattern of harassment against Jonathan Martin and others.
“The Report concludes that three starters on the Dolphins offensive line, Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at not only Jonathan Martin, but also another young Dolphins offensive lineman and an assistant trainer,” Wells said in a press release. “The Report finds that the assistant trainer repeatedly was the object of racial slurs and other racially derogatory language; that the other offensive lineman was subjected to homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching; and that Martin was taunted on a persistent basis with sexually explicit remarks about his sister and his mother and at times ridiculed with racial insults and other offensive comments.”
He continues, “The Report rejects any suggestion that Martin manufactured claims of abuse after the fact to cover up an impetuous decision to leave the team. Contemporaneous text messages that Martin sent to his parents and others months before he left the Dolphins — which have never before been made public — corroborate his account that the persistent harassment by his teammates caused him significant emotional distress. The Report concludes that the harassment by Martin’s teammates was a contributing factor in his decision to leave the team, but also finds that Martin’s teammates did not intend to drive Martin from the team or cause him lasting emotional injury.”
Wells’s firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, examined thousands of documents since its hiring in November 2013, resulting in a 144-page report.
Blog: Don't Let Sexual Orientation Define Sam
by Michael Gaio February 2014
"I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: I'm a college graduate. I'm African American, and I'm gay," he said. "I'm comfortable in my skin."
High School's 'Arab' Mascot Called Into Question
by Michael Gaio November 2013
When it comes to nickname and mascot controversy, typically Native Americans and teams like the Indians and Redskins come to mind. But a Southern California high school's longstanding Arab mascot is at the center of its own controversy.
Sources: Coaches Asked Incognito to 'Toughen' Martin
by Paul Steinbach November 2013
Florida's Sun Sentinel is reporting that Miami Dolphins coaches asked lineman Richie Incognito to "toughen up" teammate Jonathan Martin, according to more than one team source. As reported by Omar Kelly: The sources told the paper they believe that Incognito, who is accused of using racially incendiary language and bullying tactics against Martin, may have taken those orders too far.