A competitive drive can blind people to logical reasoning.
Growing up playing soccer, comments to opposing players criticizing their play were as normal to me as tying up the laces of my cleats.
They were meant to get into an opponent’s head. As a varsity athlete now, teasing a rival has become part of the high school experience.
But when individual trash-talking becomes group taunting, things have gone too far.
As they did during a March basketball face-off between Newton North High School -- home to many Jewish students -- and Catholic Memorial School, which is all boys.
That’s when fans on each side sent anti-gay and anti-Semitic slurs back and forth -- for everyone in the stands to hear. Apologies were later offered, teaching moments discussed, and disciplinary action taken.
Players and supporters alike need to know that, even in the heat of the moment, sportsmanship is a big part of the game.