posted on Jun, 21 2013 @ 09:23 PM
They're calling it an "anit-bullying" measure.
New Jersey just passed a law outlawing trash talking in sports. I guess those big, brutish athletes just can't handle getting their poor little
feelings hurt. But hey, who cares about all those real sports injuries like concussions in football and whatnot, so long as nobody's feelings get
New Jersey Bans Trash Talk In Prep Sports
Young athletes in New Jersey better start holding their tongues.
A new policy announced by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) and the state Attorney General's office this week
institues harsh punishments for high school athletes who are caught talking trash during competitions.
According to the Associated Press, athletes who make the mistake of talking trash could earn penalties for their teams and even find themselves under
investigation by the state Civil Rights Division.
Harassment includes statements referencing gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or religion.
The new rule goes along with the state's anti-bullying efforts.
Trash talking is a classic method of male bonding and getting mentally prepared for the game. Everybody knows its all just good fun and no real malice
is intended when putting down the opposing team or talking trash about how you're gonna crush the other players in the game.
I doubt anyone has ever suffered from PTSD because of the trash talking that happened during the game. Maybe from injuries sustained during play but
not from trash talking anyway.
You have to wonder how this is gonna affect pep rallies and cheer-leading. Most cheer leading chants have to do with talking down the opposing team or
how "our team" is gonna crush the other team. If trash talking is outlawed, what is gonna happen to these beloved aspects of sports culture? You also
have to wonder how this is gonna affect fan led chants, such as in baseball when everybody calls for the pitcher to strike out the batter? Will they
penalize the team because the fans misbehaved?
It seems to me they're trying to suck all the life out of sports with this new law.
edit on 6/21/13 by FortAnthem because: ___________ extra DIV