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  •  Asshole? (1+ / 0-)
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    Cassandra Waites

    "Asshole" as a verbal beatdown? Absolutely not.  Sure, at high levels a very good stern talking to about how disappointed the coach is in the performance of the players, how they're not working hard enough, how they're not working hard and paying attention in practice sessions, those types of verbal talk downs are fine and can really make a difference with highly motivated players. But calling a player an "asshole" because they didn't perform in a game?  

    No sir, no way, no how, this is never acceptable and I don't care what level - youth recreational all the way through professional sports.

    [Terrorists] are a dime a dozen, they are all over the world and for every one we lock up there will be three to take his place. --Digby

    by rabel on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 10:25:19 AM PDT

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    •  I'm thinking more of the player (0+ / 0-)

      who doesn't put in the full effort, or costs the team a game with a dumb penalty -- if someone's being an asshole, they need to be called out on it. (If I'm being an asshole, I appreciate being called out on it.) I wouldn't use that sort of language at the high school or lower level, but by the time a player gets to college and certainly by the time they get to the pros, they should know better what's smart play and what's not. (And compared to what's normally said in big league clubhouses, "asshole" is tame...have an acquaintance who's a former pro athlete.)

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 12:38:09 PM PDT

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