Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Incognito Bullying Scandal a Big Test for the NFL

While bad situations can often get worse quickly, the bullying scandal that is rocking the Miami Dolphins, NFL, and Richie Incognito is quickly spiraling into a public relations nightmare for everyone involved.  And the latest news has to bring a collective sigh of "Really?" from fans and league administration.

According to CNN, Incognito has been suspended from his team stemming from allegations of misconduct from a teammate.  To make matters a little worse, NBC Sports is reporting that Incognito acted on the request from coaches.  Images quickly spring to mind of the hit movie “A Few Good Men” and the term “code red.”  (not to mention a few famous lines from Jack Nicholson)

The bottom line is that a lot of people are probably going to be losing their jobs in the next few weeks, if not days.  The scandal is surely going to cast a wide shadow on hazing and harassment not just in the NFL but in the workplace in general, and it is a result of what Fox Sports reports were racially charged threats.

The NFL is going to have an interesting few days ahead, and without a doubt some action is going to be required.  The media basically has Incognito guilty already, and if he decides to point a finger (you can decide which one) at team management, the scandal could spiral out of control quickly.

Eyes will be on the NFL and how this situation is handled, and there will be a great deal of scrutiny placed upon the resolution.  The league spends a lot of money to present a community friendly face to the world, and a bullying scandal the likes of which only Hollywood has imagined is going to be a huge test that will not be played out on a field on Sunday.

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