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November 6, 2013

ROOT: When everyone gets a trophy ...

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — An offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins is claiming harassment because a small group of his teammates pick on him incessantly. I am not sure where I stand on this because I had to deal with similar situations when I went to school. Kids will be kids, but these are grown men with millions of dollars and a lot of time on their hands.

The final incident, as reported by Fox Sports, was in the cafeteria during a Dolphins’ practice. This player went to sit at a table to eat, and everyone who was at the table got up and walked away.

This is what the world is going to be like, since the kids who all got trophies in Little League whether they won or lost get thrown into the real world and cannot cope.

From what I gather, the harassment comes primarily from one person, former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito. This is a man who has a reputation for being one of the dirtiest players in the NFL. He has purposely injured opposing players and he has a reputation for being a divisive force in the locker room.

Some of the blame for what is going on has to be pointed at the Miami Dolphins coaching staff. These coaches are with the players every day and they knew what was going on. They knew that the affected offensive lineman was given the nickname “Big Weirdo” and he didn’t like it.

But I see a much bigger problem here than just a football player walking out on a lucrative career as a professional athlete. I see a trend that is going to permeate our society and I am glad I will be long gone when it really takes hold.

“The guys won’t sit with me at lunch. That does it, I am going home.”

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