As the 2013 NFL season comes to a close, the Miami Dolphins continue to battle for one of the few remaining playoff spots. But it’s hard not to notice the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin bullying scandal that exploded in week eight, and the effect it will ultimately have on the teams chances.
Ask anyone their opinion about this story and you’ll most likely get a wide range of responses. To be sure, this is a polarizing story with more drama than a daytime soap-opera. There’s racial tension, millionaire athletes abusing each other and allegations of death threats via text message (yes, that actually happened).
The part of this ever unfolding narrative I’d like to focus on, however, is locker-room culture in professional sports. A friend and I were having a heated debate on how Martin (the player who was allegedly bullied) will be received when he returns to the NFL. My friend believes Martin will be booed by fans and ridiculed when he first takes the field, I disagree. I contend that the heightened awareness of bullying in the mainstream media is the reason this story got as much traction as it did. Furthermore, the mammoth machine that is the NFL will do everything in it’s power to distance itself from any negative social stigmas. Ostensibly, Jonathan Martin will be fine. How his teammates in whichever locker he ends up treat him, is another matter entirely.
As unfortunate as this whole episode was for everyone involved, there is still a culture of brotherhood and unwritten rules that exists in team sports, which Martin violated; this will forever render him an outsider. I sincerely hope Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin both get the help they need to move on from this incident and be successful in their careers. Sports is as much about mental fortitude as it is physical strength. And that will never change!!
by Mike Watkins
After a record breaking season that included a 27 game win streak, 66 regular season wins and Lebron James being named MVP for the fourth time, The Miami Heat capped off their incredible run with back-to-back championships. There are only five teams in this elite NBA fraternity to ever accomplish this: Bulls, Celtics, Lakers, Pistons, Rockets. And now you can add The Miami Heat to the list. But alas, as much as we love rooting for our favorite sports teams, we understand that it IS a business (you do understand that, right?); players get traded, behind the scenes deals get made, etcetera etc.
So now that the season’s over, the journey through speculationville will commence. Undoubtedly, the Skip Bayless’s of the world will continue to spew their hatred, but there’s one issue that’s sure to be a buzz on ESPN before next season’s trade deadline. And that’s what will become of the big three: James, Wade and Bosh. If the epic celebration parade, and subsequent party inside the American Airlines Arena was any indication, The Heat organization will stick to the old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
The AAA celebration not only featured fan favorites like Chris “Birdman” Andersen, but there was also an official presentation from the city of Miami commissioners, declaring June 24, 2013, Miami Heat Day. It’s not as if the city of Miami needs help in the notoriety department, but with all the fanfare our current world champs have brought us, they’re sure to be Miami Heat detractors doubling down on their criticism. But I digress, the topic at hand is the future ofThe Heat. When asked by Jason Jackson what the “main thing” about this whole experience is for him, Lebron James answered by saying, “…the main thing is the main thing, and that’s winning the championship.” So there you have it!
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