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Racial Taunts in Sports

John Turnbull

Posted on October 14, 2018 11:15

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Getting under your opponent's skin shouldn't involve the color of it.

Recently, the infectiously notorious Conor McGregor got into an after-match kerfuffle where the opponent's manager hopped into the ring and started swinging at him. While controversy is nothing new for McGregor, this one had a bit of a twist. 

It has since been revealed, claimed and subsequently denied that the incident started due to an anti-Muslim slur originating from Conor's camp. While this probably won't shock many followers of MMA, the question I have -- whether the allegation is true or not -- is what's the point?

The very nature of competitive sports invariably evokes psychological warfare, or "getting under the skin of your opponent," as any edge can be the difference in winning and losing. As a result, taunting, name calling and the like has, and always will be, a part of the game. Right or wrong, it just is.

But why lay down the race card? Maybe because of what it takes to be in the MMA -- a tough chin and a bad attitude, and not much else? Of course, this sort of skin color profiling goes on in every sport, probably even Cricket.

Admittedly, when I played sports, we did it, too. For a bit. But we stopped with the racist comments. Not because we grew a conscience, we didn't have social media back then, but because it didn't work. My sport was hockey and it was pretty white back then. The only race we could demean was the natives and it was hard to do when you were picking yourself up off the ice as they creamed you, took the puck and scored a goal.

Since we will never eliminate taunting, I say refocus the taunt. Drop the race nonsense and go to what works: dissing the opponents' mothers. This works everytime, especially promiscuity and weight cracks. Most of us owe a lot to our mothers when it comes to sports, from driving us to the games to finding ways to get us the equipment we need as we grow as fast as weeds. So a mom diss hits home and throws us off our game.

Try this one: "Your momma's so fat, when she sleeps around the town, she only has to roll over!" Alright, alright. In all seriousness, taunting should not be done, it's bullying anyway you slice it. And if that's how you have to win, maybe you should consider another hobby or profession.

Leave race to the feet, not the mouth.

John Turnbull

Posted on October 14, 2018 11:15

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Source: MMA Junkie

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