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NFL Report Cites Intolerant Culture

Publication Date: 
February 14, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Sam Farmer

Professor William Gould comments on the presence of bullying and homophobic culture in the NFL for The Los Angeles Times. 

Days after the NFL said it was ready to make history by welcoming its first openly gay player, a report indicates that one team in the league promoted an intolerant locker room culture that harassed a player to the brink of suicide.

Three Miami Dolphins players used "racial slurs and other racially derogatory language" as well as "homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching" to bully teammate Jonathan Martin as well as another player and an assistant trainer, both unnamed, according to independent investigator Ted Wells, who filed his report to the league on Friday.


"All of these things suggest that the game is insufficiently sensitive to both civility, good manners and fair treatment," said Stanford law professor William B. Gould, former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. "This is something that's going to become increasingly important."


"I suppose they're going to have to do something about this particular incident," Gould said. "And the real question is, are they going to do something about the culture that led to this incident? The jury is out on that."