TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey high school athletes who talk trash could find their teams penalized and themselves under investigation by the state Civil Rights Division. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and the state Attorney General’s Office announced the new policy on Wednesday. They say it brings athletic events into line with the state’s anti-bullying law for schools. The sports policy goes into place this fall. Participants could be in trouble if they make harassing statements related to gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or religion. Referees would also be required to report incidents for possible further investigation.
Wow New Jersey. This makes me (more) embarrassed to claim that I grew up there.
So if a bunch of 17 and 18 year olds are in a highly competitive game of football and a few guys start trash talking, there will clearly be a few racial, religious, gender, & disability centric names called… and a TON of name calling around sexual orientation… a TON. And now we are going to call these kids bullies and dish out school suspensions (and possibly legal repercussions) . Basically every single kid that plays a sport will be suspended from school. On the field, kids will start telling on other kids to try and get them thrown out of games. Its time to get out the Chinese flag and just start flying that as well while we are at it.
This is the dumbest thing I’ve read in a long time.