Law & Policy: Sportsmanship
Report: Team Saw No Racism in Watermelon Ritual
by Amanda Kerr, Post & Courier (Charleston, SC) November 2014
An investigation into the Academic Magnet High School football team's postgame victory ritual found none of the players involved were aware their team's postgame watermelon ritual could be taken as racist, according to a Charleston County School District report.
Maryland's Handshake Snub Results in Suspension, Fine
by Washington Times Staff November 2014
The Big Ten came down hard on Maryland for its pregame display before Saturday's game at Penn State.
'Change the Name' Protesters: We Are Not Mascots
by Randy Furst, Dee DePass, Star Tribune November 2014
Buoyed by thousands of protesters from Minnesota and at least 10 other states who converged on TCF Stadium on Sunday, activists determined to retire the Washington Redskins nickname vowed to take their campaign to every remaining Washington NFL game this season.
Brawls Lead to Bans for Tennessee High School Teams
by Andrew Brandt November 2014
On October 23, two Tennessee high school football teams were banned from postseason play for three years following an on-field brawl. On Friday, another pair of Tennessee teams had an altercation and were handed the same sentence.
Maryland Coach, AD Apologize for Team's Pregame Snub
by Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune Review November 2014
Seven weeks after Rutgers coach Kyle Flood refused to say "Penn State" in an apparent attempt to spawn a Big Ten rivalry, Maryland took a different route.
Cal U. Cancels Game After Players Beat Man Unconscious
by Michael Gaio October 2014
California University of Pennsylvania has canceled Saturday’s football game against Gannon University after five of its players were arrested in connection with a violent beating outside a California restaurant.
HS Coaches Resign after Players' Ebola Taunt
by Andrew Brandt October 2014
The coaches of a high school soccer team in Northampton, Pa., have resigned just one day after allegations that their players taunted an opponent with chants of "Ebola."
Nazareth High School soccer player Ibrahim Toumkara moved to Pennsylvania from a small town in Guinea, a country located in West Africa, three years ago. After hearing the Ebola remarks, he charged a Northampton player and was ejected from the match.
According to Toumkara's guardian, Edward Bachart, the teenager worries about his parents, who still reside there.
Northampton's head coach and assistant coach, Craig Carvin and Jason Melniszyn, submitted their resignation letters Tuesday evening as the Northampton Area School District was finishing its investigation into the matter.
District superintendent Joseph Kovalchik said that neither district tolerates any form of discrimination, and that "appropriate discipline will be dispensed to any students who violated the code of conduct."
"I am glad Nazareth and Northampton took this incident very seriously and did a very thorough investigation," Bachart told The Morning Call. "I think kids nowadays have to realize that their words can cause a lot of damage and you've got to think before you speak and be careful with what words you choose."
Bachart believes the Northampton coaches made the right decision in resigning, but he thinks Northampton's players should be held accountable as well.
"This doesn't belong in society," he said. "It certainly doesn't belong in the field."
In response to the episode, the Nazareth soccer team has taken to Twitter to promote and sell wristbands that say "#ENDRACISM."
Patriots All Class, Jaguars Crass on NFL Sidelines
by Michael Gaio October 2014
The New England Patriots won their game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night, but more important, won over the hearts of just about everyone watching with a touching tribute to Bengals' offensive lineman Devon Still.
High School Coach Fired After Pop Gun Hazing Incident
by Michael Gaio August 2014
What was supposed to be a night of fun and team-building has instead cost a Minnesota high school dance coach her job and divided supporters of the team in the process. The Cannon Falls school board voted Monday not to renew the contract of Madi Salisbury, the head coach of the Bomber Dance Team, due to a July 25 incident at the school's auditorium.
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?