The Miami Dolphin professional football foofaw demonstrates a larger tension in society than just the problem of failing sportsmanship. Tough guy Richie Incognito and others in the Miami locker room have been bullying and harassing classically educated Stanford grad Jonathan Martin for a year and a half now. They have not been able to figure out why a strong man over 300 pounds would not just stand up and fight.
But the Miami locker room is an American professional workplace, subject to the procedures to be followed for workplace harassment like any other place of employment. Jonathan Martin followed correct procedure by asking for the harassment to stop, and when it did not, by stepping aside and getting a third party into the middle to investigate.
The Miami organization errs in thinking that a man who follows the law is less tough than they. Stanford college athletes, for example, demonstrated last night against undefeated Oregon, that cerebral athletes can be physically very tough indeed when the time is right to get tough.
The Miami locker room displays the same insensitivity to the rule of ethics and law that the U.S. banking industry did leading up to the Great Recession of 2008 and U.S. presidents have done hurrying the nation into foreign wars without the consent of the people. The smash-mouth action should be saved until the time when no other option is available. It should not be the first line of response.