Posted November 11, 2013

Report: NBA sends teams memo about bullying

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NBA brass want to make sure bullying incidents never occur in the league. (Brett Davis/USATSI)

In light of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, the NBA sent a memo to all 30 teams warning them that bullying or hazing of any kind will not be tolerated, reports ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.

According to the report, the memo mentions the situation involving Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, and details what type of behaviors would violate the NBA’s policy.

Incognito was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team after allegedly leaving Martin voicemails and texts that contained racist and threatening language. Martin left the team and is in California and the NFL hired a lawyer this week to investigate the incident.

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The lengthy list of violations, sources said, includes: any physical abuse or threats of violence; verbal abuse focused on an individual’s race, nationality, color, gender, age, religion, sexuality, etc.; destruction, defacement or theft of a fellow player’s personal property; engaging in any activity that intimidates or threatens fellow players with ostracism or inflicts extreme mental stress, embarrassment, humiliation or shame; and forcing an individual to engage in any activity or perform any task that violates federal, state or local law or NBA rules and regulations.

Also prohibited, sources said, is requiring an individual to unreasonably pay for meals, travel, entertainment expenses, goods or services that are being solely enjoyed by others as well as imposing physical activities on a fellow player — such as exposure to weather, confinement in a restricted area, or consumption of food, liquid or substance — that leads to unreasonable risk for the individual or adversely affects their mental or physical health or safety


2 comments
M20
M20

This is obviously a good move by the NBA, but the NBA's culture is nowhere near as backwards at the NFL, so I doubt this is much of a problem in the NBA.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

To my astonishment I find that I have to say, 'Well done, David Stern'.  Absolutely the right thing to do. Being proactive is always the best policy. Let's see what Roger Goodell can come up with, even if he is days late and dollars short.