It’s been said that men bond by insulting each other, but they don’t really mean it, while women bond by complimenting each other; but they really don’t mean it.
That men, who like and respect each other, insult each other has been a practice for as long as recorded history. Even the Bible has several conversation between men who are friends who insult each other. In Job 12:2 Job responds to his friend who was criticizing him with, “No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.” Even Jesus used sarcasm when greeting a potential disciple who was a bit of a smart aleck.
“Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!”—John 1:45-47
And is there any event more guyish than football? So why in the world is the NFL getting all girly about NFL players insulting each other. Are they worried that their precious snowflakes may get their feelings hurt?
The NFL is outlining a new “zero tolerance” policy for badmouthing, verbal abuse, and racial and homophobic slurs from players and coaches on the field, in the locker room, and in other NFL facilities.
In a new video, Dean Blandino, the league’s VP of officiating, affirmed the plans, saying that “there will be zero tolerance for unsportsmanlike conduct, particularly verbal abuse directed at an opponent.”
The video is being shown to players as they begin to attend summer training camps.
“The use of abusive, threatening or insulting language directed at opponents, teammates, game officials or representatives of the league is covered under unsportsmanlike conduct in the playing rules,” a narrator says during the video. “This includes racial slurs, comments regarding sexual orientation or other verbal abuse. Actions such as these will result in 15-yard penalties and potential discipline. Coaches, game officials and other league personnel will be held to the same high standard.”
Seriously, these NFL honchos need to grow a pair.