Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Respect pays off -- even in football

  • Print

Doug Brown doesn't flat out support hazing and bullying in his Nov. 12 column, Football the most primitive of sports, but he does say it is "the unwritten price tag rookies are asked to pay as a small tribute to the men they eventually replace."

As a Blue Bomber season-ticket holder, I recognize that football is an aggressive and violent sport, and, yes, some rookies will eventually take well-paying jobs from veterans. But that doesn't grant licence to senior players to abuse and humiliate newcomers to a team.

If veteran players want to be shown respect, they should first offer it to others, including to rookies; they will soon discover they will receive even more in return.

I should remind Brown we all are rookies at one time or another. It's a good bet he remembers his first days on the job at the Free Press. How he might have felt on his first visit to the cafeteria if senior writers had picked up their plates and left the room? That allegedly happened to one of the rookies of the Miami Dolphins.

No doubt, Brown would have been humiliated. But that, he argues, doesn't apply in football because "locker-rooms are not regular workplaces." Sorry, Mr. Brown, you don't seem to get it. The need for respect from fellow human beings cannot be left outside the locker-room door. It goes wherever one goes.

JOHN HARVARD

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 13, 2013 A8

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Keri Latimer looks for beauty in the dark and the spaces between the notes

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Deer in Canola field near Elma, Manitoba. 060706.
  • A baby Red Panda in her area at the Zoo. International Red Panda Day is Saturday September 15th and the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be celebrating in a big way! The Zoo is home to three red pandas - Rufus, Rouge and their cub who was born on June 30 of this year. The female cub has yet to be named and the Assiniboine Park Zoo is asking the community to help. September 14, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What's your take on a report that shows violent crime is decreasing in Winnipeg?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google