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.