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Karen Knapstein
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September 18, 2013

Trash Talk Ban?

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If you play sports, you know that a big part of playing the game is getting pumped up for the game.

And with what some would consider a general rise in incivility in most things (see: the internet), getting ready to compete is no difference. And for athletes, “trash talk” against an opponent is no exception. But at least one state is taking steps to tone it down.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) has instituted a ban on taking the talk too far — that includes references to another team or players race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual preference. The Association says they’re just trying to curb “blatantly disrespectful exchanges,” by instituting penalties for crossing the line.

Some players and coaches say that what happens in the heat of the game can easily be misunderstood and that the penalties might go too far. We want to know what you think.

Vote in the poll and then leave a comment tell us why you voted, and we might just use your response on the show.

98 comments on “Trash Talk Ban?

    1. Jamie

      It’s a yes and no sort of because yes it’s fun when people know that your messing arond and no because you can take it far like way far

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    2. Rachel

      I think that it should be allowed to a degree. People will take it to far so I say yes and no. People can get there hearts broken…….so I say yes to a degree and no to a degree

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  1. Courtney Taylor

    I think trash talking should be banned because people might take it the wrong way and hurt the person trash talking.

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    1. G lee

      i think that trash talking should be banned because if you hurt someone’s feeling you could get in a fight with that person

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    2. Angel Hall

      Trash talk is another way of bullying others it maybe for game purposes but its a thing that way beyond the line of play talk it can cause a lot of problems to occur in someone else’s daily life.

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  2. Keira

    I think that trash talk should be banned to a certain extent. Like when it comes to racial comments, gender, or something in that matter.

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    1. Skyler

      Yes i think so to. Some people take it way way way to far like beating people up and stuff like that just beacuse of skin color and gender.

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  3. Kalin Mills

    I think trash talking should be banned. Even competitive sports require teamwork. Trash talking the other team is not going to help your team win. Having a positive attitiude and teamwork will increase your chances of winning.

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  4. Olivia Lowery

    I think trash talk should have some restrictions but not be banned completely, because some trash talk helps players get motivated but sometimes it can go to far.

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  5. Pressley Buurma

    I think they should baned the really bad trash talk but let there still be some trash talk because thats one of the ways the crowd gets fired up! If you take that away then you would have a quite crowd.

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  6. 2013-9-19-nicholas-klein

    I think, trash talking should be band so no one will fill bad but some trash talk can get some players pumped for the game about to start so i guss some is ok but then some trash talk is not because it can really hurt some people.

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  7. Sierra Lewis

    i think that some trash talk should be ban because if it goes to far someone might think of it as a threat but, some trash should be accectable because people can be cheering and say that they are going to beat the ohter team.

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  8. broc baldridge

    I think trash talk shouldnt be banned because almost everyone talks trash to there apponent. Plus some people have to get in there game mode by talking trash when they do a good move or make a great shot or make a touchdown or even steal the ball. But some trash talk should be banned and the player should be thrown out of the game.

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  9. Ben Holida

    Trash talking should be banned. For some people it could hurt them. And if it continues it could lead up to how they think. If they get trash talked so much that they actually start to believe what their opponents are telling them then it should definitely be banned.

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  10. Kaiyah Sriratanakoul

    Trash talk should not be banned because it’s one of those things that you can’t stop. It’s going to happen and making it banned is just gonna want people to rebel against it even more.

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  11. candacelittle

    i think yes and no because i mean like i could understand if there older and get really mad and say a cuss word out loud and then i say yes because their not old enough to be cursing and its not right to curse.

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  12. natazia adams

    yes because when a nother player is playin and one lost they think that they should fuss and curse at the other player and thats not fare to the other player

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  13. onesty rush

    no because the team mates might need to get hype up so that why the players start trash talking because it get them hyped up and that how they win the game because there hyped up because the get mad so do banned it because that have they get hyped up

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  14. Ben Lenz

    No, I don’t think they shouldn’t be able to ban trash talking, it doesn’t hurt anybody and its part of the game. Having a ban will make kids want to show the state they can’t stop them from trash talking.

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  15. Phil McCracken

    I believe trash talking is a fundamental part of sports. Taunting and intimidating an opponent is a tactic to gain the upper hand. While “offensive” language may be upsetting to some, it is something that will be difficult or impossible to eliminate. This can only result in unjust penalization that harms schools and does little to lessen the behavior. A better solution is to have coaches and teachers discourage this behavior. Although the ban is noble in purpose, it can do little to cause a positive change.

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  16. keith aycock

    I asked my 1st period class and with 86% saying that trash talk should not be banned because it is part of the game. 14% saying it should be banned.

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  17. lih QB

    i think trash talking need to stop beacause if some body was talking trash to me and i was playing in a game we would probaly be fighting but the way i would provid it i would not play for the game i would just come and walk around lih QB

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  18. Kelli

    I believe that trash talk should be banned from schools because the student is representing their school, especially in uniform. The level of trash talk is what seems to be the conflict with this rule.. but honesty, if students can exercise their maturity they know the types of trash talk that can be considered fun compition or unreasonable.

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  19. Skyler

    I think trash talking should be banned beacuse Jackie Robison was bullied and was trash talked a lot when he was in school and on a team. Jackie Robinson was chosen by Mr.Rickey beacuse Mr.Ricky wanted a black person who could not be rude back to people when they were being mean. Jackie Robinson was spit on and people was throwing bats at him imgine if that was you. I wouldnt like it i dont think you would either.

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  20. Alex W

    Trash talking should not be banned. It’s part of the game. Do they have rules in the world saying you can’t be mean? Yeah right, sports for me help directly with life outside of school. No one will baby me outside of high school so why sugar coat life in sports? The rule is stupid and if it does pass in Ohio, hopefully I’m long gone.
    Thanks, -Alex

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  21. zach

    I think it shoud be band because on the field it should be about the game not who’s better. Some people take it way too far that’s why I think trash talking should be band.

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  22. Nakyla S

    I think trash talking should not be banned especially because it is part of the game. For an athlete like me trash talking is motivation. What’s wrong with just getting a tech? The punishment is too harsh.

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  23. 2013-9-19-Jane-Doe

    You can’t control what other people say, and you can’t forbid them the right to free speech. It’s up to you whether or not you choose to be offended.

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  24. Eric B.

    I think trash talking should not be banned because it may give athletes motivation to be able to get in the opposition’s head and try to mess up their game. It may boost your confidence knowing that you are playing well and can help stop the opponents.

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  25. carson k

    Dont get rid of it. we need to it get us pumped up and someone can go on ur side from the other team and get u a technical or flag or foul

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  26. Austin Trent

    I don’t think trash talking should be banned because trash talk is a part of the sport like football. Now I do understand that some things should not be said but still if u have a scholarship and u get kicked off the team for trash talking that will ruin there future.

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  27. Emma S

    I think that trash talking is something that cannot be helped. Like the coach said, sometimes things get misheard and someone should not be penalized for something they didn’t say.

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  28. Olivia S.

    I think that trash talking should not be allowed. I think this because it’s rude, and can sometimes be considered bullying. I understand that the other team should be tough enough to take it, but there should be limits on what can be said and what can’t.

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  29. Jackson Reid

    I think that trash talking SHOULD NOT be banned because its a part of the game sometimes when people trash talk you , You get mad and then play better and it is a part of the game!

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  30. Griffin W

    I don’t think it should be ban because kids if they do something good the she express themselves and it might also give the other team motivation.

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  31. Bacon

    It should not be banned because if the player gets mad he should express what he fells about what just happened on the field. But there should be a constraint on what they say such as cuss words or any racist comments either.

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  32. Halie M.

    I think it should be banned because some people take it as a joke while it is offensive to others and that basically would be considered as bullying if it keeps going on no matter what it is about such as gender, race, or how good/ bad you are at something.

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  33. Carson Bavery

    I think it shouldn’t be banned because it pumps the player up, but they shouldn’t take it to far like cussing because it makes people angry and they could be racist comments to people.

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  34. Elsie C.

    Their are lines that shouldn’t be crossed but, if you totally take out the ability or tell someone that they can’t they more than likely will do it because they think it’s cool. Also not allowing trash talk encourages physical abuse or brutality.

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  35. Alex Slaughter

    No. Trash talk should not be banned because there is a difference between trash talk and rude judgements. Sometimes the trash talk can get you motivated to practice.

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  36. Hunter D

    I think that trash talk “over the line” like racal comments and cussing should be stopped. But other intimidating comments should be allowed.

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  37. Cameron S.

    I think that it should not be banned because it fires people up, but I don’t think it should be taken to far like cursing and talking about someone’s race or gender.

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  38. Mikey H.

    I think it should not be ban because they should tell them they went to far like not racial insults or cursing on the field. But people in the stands should not be punished it peps up the players.

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  39. Ms. Terry's class

    We think trash talking should be banned at sports events because it is unsportsmanlike, disrespectful, and unsafe. It can lead to fights among players and fans, which hurts people. It is not a nice thing to do.

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  40. Madeline

    Trash talking is inappropriate and mean. Yes, it should be banned but on certain levels. If it’s celebrating a goal or touchdown then sure, you could do it. But if it’s racial talk and cursing then it should be notified by the referee and that person should be taken out of the game.

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  41. Ethan Anderson

    I think that trash talking should be allowed because it is part of the game. It can be hurtful but people weather we like it or not it is part of the game and we should accept it, not deny it.

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  42. 2013-9-19-Justen-Wheeler

    I do think trash talking should be allowed because its what gets everbody pumped up and its going to happen anyway, but that dont mean we can use bad language and be racist.

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  43. Elaine

    As a school-sponsored team, what example are you setting for adolescents if they are allowed to trash talk, be highly offensive, and rude? I think every state should do this because kids need to learn how to talk to one another appropriately.

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  44. Sydney

    I believe trash talking should be banned because you just wanna enjoy the game and being the one trashed on truly affects your overall play in the game.

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  45. Enrique

    yes, I think that trash talk should be band in some point, these is because trash talk doesn’t make your team a winner or the best, or the other team the worst or less competitive, but it only makes you and your team look bad for not supporting the idea of all games wish is. A game is a “GAME OF FRIENDLY RIVALS”

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  46. anne onomus

    it should be aloud because it could be misinterpreted and some one might be kicked out because they siad something that was misinterpreted

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  47. Alexa

    The government is simply doing what it always does: forcing a rule upon everyone because a select few were misbehaving. New Jersey even talked about how only a few schools were going overboard with the trash talk. I feel that if someone does have some nasty language, it should be handled by the school or school board. As a school, they should know how to discipline you themselves, without having the entire team out for getting “three strikes”.

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  48. Enrique P.

    They shouldn’t allow trash talk in sports because if you take it you far, you could really hurt someone’s feelings or get someone mad which could lead to trouble.Even if you lose, you should at least have fun!

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  49. 2013-9-19-Madi-McClure

    No, I don’t think trash talking should be banned, because thats how people get pumped up! Also, if they get affended thats not our fault. It’s their fault for taking it the wrong way, but no one should go to the extent of cuss words or skin color jokes!

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  50. Hailey Tennant

    I think trash talk shouldn’t be allowed because if they allow it, then people will take it too far. People need to learn good sportsmanship.

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  51. Karoline F

    I think that trash talk should be banned. There is no reason to discriminate someone because of gender,ethnicy, race, or as is popular at my school, where you live. People don’t choose these things, and they join school sports to have fun, not to be made fun of.

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  52. cristina

    I think trash talk is part of getting ready and pumped up for the game and should not be banned. Athletes should learn to not get offended that easily and to not take it too personal; however, trash talking about other’s race, ethnicity, gender or sexual preference is still not okay.

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  53. Sandy Mills

    There’s many reasons why I think trash talk should be banned. First of all, some people join so they can have fun, not to get our emotions hurt and our spirits down. It can also reflect to what kind of person you really are. Sure some people do it to get pumped up, but it just shows that you have poor sportsmanship.

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  54. Haylee Givens

    Trash Talking should be banned. If you talk about someone badly, someone will surely hear and tell that person. Also, fights may occur,people could be strongly offended, and it’s just rude and inconciterate. I beleive that trash talking us not nessesary at all. I don’t like it, that’s for sure. Most of the new trash talk is completely inappropriate.

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  55. 2013-9-19-Kevin-Trinh

    Trash talking should be banned to an extent. Such as not going to far(like racial slurs) It can really hurt someone’s feelings. But don’t get me wrong, trash talking is fun so I’m kind in between for this one

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  56. Juan-Sinana

    Sorry everyone but I need to make a statement here. Listen up! First you need to go to school and learn how to spell. A lot of the people here cannot spell ‘banned.’ Now, this is a problem. Once you get out of college you must use your knowledge and spell things. Go to school!

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