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Pro football culture of bullies, violence against women and racism

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) is at the center of the NFL's latest cultural controversy. (Associated Press)

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) is at the center of the NFL’s latest cultural controversy. (Associated Press)

Recent events in sports news have done little to repair pro football’s reputation for violence, especially violence against women, and its culture of bullies and racism. It isn’t just pro football that shows a disregard for others and the use of force without consequences. Jock culture exhibits its callousness anywhere that sports are played, and the idea of a “thug element” and aggression in football is coming under fire from the media.

Racism on the gridiron

On November 8, 2013, Clyde Bellecourt, co-founder and director of the American Indian Movement (AIM) appeared on Democracy Now to explain objections to the use of Native American references in team names. Read more