Athletes insulting each other - bullying? harassment? Or just part of the game?

@pilbara (1436)
Australia
May 1, 2007 7:22pm CST
This is also known as sledging, where one person targets another by insulting them, their familes, their ability to play the game, their race etc. People who do this deliberately target an area of anothers life where they are more sensitive. It is basically playing mind games with the intent of upsetting the other person so much that they can't perform at their best. If our children acted in this way on the playground they would be accused of bullying and there is at least some chance it would be dealt with. In the workforce this type of behaviour would be called harassment and again would be dealt with, but on the sports field they claim it is a legimate part of the game. I don't believe this. These athletes are supposed to be held up as role models for children. How can we possibly teach them values such as good sportsmanship if those who they admire most continue to act worse than children.
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@munhozmib (3854)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
2 May 07
I don't think people should do this kind of thing. When I'm playing soccer with anyone, I don't try to damage them by telling bad things about their lives. Or I know how to play, or I don't. If I can't play better than them, I just have to admit. I think arguing with others is an stupid action in the field. There should be consequences for this action. Nowadays, even people from the same team argues with each other.
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
2 May 07
Thank you for your response. I agree, if you can't beat someone by fair means, you shouldn't resort to foul means.
• India
2 Aug 07
This seems very funny. How are children getting affected by these? If children see WWF do they start pushing and punching others seeing them as their role model and start acting as their role models. There is always good and bad if you dont see bad how can you apprciate the good ones. Children now a days are more intelligent and it is our responsibility to educate them. They definitely understand the logical things.