NFL players should know better

The Tribune editorial about bullying in the NFL (“The NFL’s dirtiest player,” Nov. 8) brings to light one of the biggest problems in today’s society. We glorify behaviors that we should be looking down on with shame.

There shouldn't even be a title of “NFL’s Dirtiest Player” because there shouldn't be a dirtiest player. Richie Incognito should have been suspended a long time ago, and I’m glad finally getting what he deserves. The NFL player’s conduct was nothing short of harassment, yet there are people blaming the victim for publicizing it. A little friendly teasing, “hazing” as it’s called, may be part of the game, but when it reaches the point of death threats and $30,000 restaurant tabs, that is clearly a problem.

These are grown men, not seventh graders. I’m a junior in high school and I see people more mature than the players on that team every day when I walk down the hallways. At least people are willing to stand up to bullies to help their friends in high school. The players on the Miami Dolphins should be ashamed of themselves.

They watched, even participated in, the harassment of Jonathan Martin. They need to own up for their actions, pay what they owe to Martin, and apologize profusely for the harm they have caused him. They’ll continue on with their careers, but Martin will probably never play again because he’s going to be seen as a “weakling.” What does it say about our society when the victim is punished for seeking help?

— Jess Colopy, Oakfield, N.Y.

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