Athletes may be banned for life now
by Dr. Samori Swygert
As many professional athletes revel in their delight of NBA Commissioner Silver’s banning of Donald Sterling, they need to be cognizant of their own emotions while playing and in the locker room. The commissioner’s ruling is not restricted to NBA owners. It seems to apply to all individuals within the league. This has set a precedent that players need to think about.
Many times players get so caught up emotionally that they let racial and sëxual epithets out during a confrontation with another player or referee. This ruling will now be held to such a stringent standard that the most miniscule slip of the tongue can result in players being banned for life from the profession they love.
The byproduct of this ruling will place many athletes under scrutiny when they express derogatory and inflammatory phrases during the game and off the court/field. Being that this punishment was so stern to a wealthy owner, I’m sure the level of tolerance will be lowered for a player like Riley Cooper or what happened with the Miami Dolphins. This ruling has essentially opened Pandora’s Box for insensitive remarks and appears to foster a zero-tolerance policy in the league.
Players will no longer be able to hurl the word N*gga /Nigg*r (however you want to interpret the phraseology) and try to explain the dubious cultural interpretations and derivations of it. You can no longer explain away how you pronounce, accentuate, or syncopate on a vowel or consonant. The moment this happens, the news, owners, lawyers, and offended parties will cry foul and unfairness.
This also goes to players that may call another player a fagg*t or a s*ssy. You will run the risk of being banned for life. I’m only extrapolating the outcome, but I put money on this. So it’s wise to think before you speak and control your emotions because you never know where the next hot mic is or locker room drone. I’m also sure this will spill over into the music industry, but I’ll wait to speak on that. I think I’m going to start a new career as a professional sports language referee, I’ll run up and down the court with a high fidelity microphone watching players mouths. That’s job creation! 😀