High school athletes can no longer trash talk or make any statements that are considered harassing as related to gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or religion (in other words, everything and anything) according to a new New Jersey sports policy.
The NY Post reported that the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and the state Attorney General’s Office announced the new policy. It comes under the anti-bullying policy according to proponents.
Most are not very concerned about the chill it places on the free speech of young people.
Referees will be in the position of reporting incidents.
Teams will be penalized and possibly investigated by the Civil Rights Division if violations are reported.
Does the government really need to be involved in this?
Along the same lines, according to USA Today, coaches are limiting and in some cases banning their players from Twitter or even asking for their passwords to their social media accounts. Some institutions are hiring companies to spy on their students. Coaches are afraid of backlash from the NCAA and others if a player tweets something offensive. In lieu of educating their players, they are taking the easy way out even though the easy way out means limiting free speech.