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February 26, 2014

Changing NFL culture comes with consequences



Let the market sort it out.

Here’s what I really hope happens.

I hope they ban the word. 

I hope they put undercover trainers in all 32 NFL locker rooms, like air marshals, and punish hazing the same way they punish perpetual bad behavior off the field. 

I hope the kicking and screaming over the loss of the sanctity of the locker room doesn’t last too long, but I won’t mind if it does just as long as all the stupid and indefensible shenanigans that go right along with America’s most popular sport are eradicated.

I want these things because the greater good will be served.

It might very well filter down to the colleges and high schools and Pop Warner leagues. And even if it doesn’t, at least a fine example will have been set.

Mostly, I want it to work. 

If playoff positions are influenced by suspension more than level of play, and if every day another round of stars are suspended, nobody’s going to be very happy. Then, everything blows up, and opportunity is lost. 

It would be too bad, because attempting to change culture can be a dicey thing.

Look around.

There’s evidence everywhere.

Clay Horning

Follow me @clayhorning

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