RON HART: Tough love or a crime?

Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

Human interaction is complex, and it is not for us to judge its subtleties. The offensive language both Incognito and Martin used is how they talked. I wouldn’t use it, but rap songs are worse. The First Amendment applies, even to football players.

Incognito was the “best friend Martin had on the team.” He felt toughening Martin up was in his and the team’s best interest. How do you think that happens in the NFL?  It is certainly not in a sensitivity workshop led by a Birkenstock-wearing gluten-free college psych professor.

Hazing in the NFL is as old as shooting up a night club and filing for personal bankruptcy right after you retire. Crime in Oakland is so bad that the Raiders hired the Johnny Cochran Firm as defense coordinator. Crime is one thing; hurting someone's feelings is another.

Football is violent. It’s not a sport unless someone obliterates a tendon so loudly you can hear it in the stands. Braving a long line at the $9 beer stand in 35-degree game day weather gives them the right to call players cowards. It is odd, but that’s how it is with some spectators.

Where does the locker room culture end and the PC world begin? Given the trajectory of America 's current litigious and pansy-like culture, we need to err on the side of manning up.

Ron Hart, a libertarian syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator can be reached at or visit


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