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  • 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?

  • 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. 

    Read the full report here.

     

  • 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.

  • Violence, Social Media Threats Lead to Game Cancellation

    by Michael Gaio November 2013

    A string of violence, followed by city-wide tension and threats on social media led to the cancellation of a high school football game in Warren, Ohio.

  • Sorting Out the Mess at Grambling State

    by Michael Gaio October 2013

    In a weekend full of upsets and big games, perhaps no score stands out more from Saturday's college football slate than Grambling State's 1-0 loss. Grambling State officially forfeited, a majority of its players refusing to travel to Jackson State.