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Ron Rivera Speaks Out Against Taunting, Because The Kids Are Watching

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Parents, be prepared to cover those kids’ eyes. No, there’s no pending boob shot on Cinemax, HBO isn’t showing Scarface again, and your neighbors ass isn’t peering out of his jeans while he trims the hedges. It’s just a couple of NFL players taunting one another. And to Washington coach Ron Rivera, that’s something our kids shouldn’t see.

In speaking with the media, Rivera addressed the NFL’s new controversial stance against taunting: “Quite honestly, we don’t need the young people to see that. We don’t need the pop warner, peewee football kids seeing us act like that. We want to put it out there as professionally as possible.”

Riverboat Ron, who’s on the NFL Competition Committee, is all for some excitement after a DB lands a little bingo, bango, bongo on the opposition. He would just rather see players celebrate with their teammates rather than taunt the opponent:

“If you make a great play, great. Be excited, but don’t do it towards your opponent. That’s all we’re asking. That’s what the rule is for. ‘Cause what we don’t want is an escalation of some things that have happened in the past. I think last year, two teams got into it where wide receivers and DBs were going at each other. A year ago, we have one where two teams are going at each other. I mean, you don’t want to see that situation. That’s not a good look for any sport, let alone football and somebody’s going to get hurt and you just don’t want that. And that’s why they’re doing it. That’s what the emphasis, that’s why everybody’s just got to relax, calm down.”

Let this be a lesson to NFL players across the league. Next time you bulldoze a linebacker on your way to a first down, be a gentleman and shake hands with your teammates. Maybe let loose and slap some familiar helmets. But don’t dare taunt the opposition. After all, the kids are watching.

Written by Anthony Farris

Anthony is a former high school basketball intramural champion who played a leading role in creating two offspring. He spends his weekends hoping for an MTV Rock N' Jock revival.

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  1. I can’t complain about encouraging less horrific sportsmanship than we’ve seen the last 10 years. It’s out of hand. A little jawing, sure, but the standing over opponents staring at them, getting up in their grill, and general disrespect of opponents is against what the driving spirit of sports is all about. Less me and more team is a great thing.

  2. I don’t think it’s too much to ask the players to at least act like they have a little class. I’m all for emotion, but save it for the next play. And yes, the children are watching. And acting out in the same way. Besides, it’s exhibition game; by the time the season starts only the most outlandish taunts will be penalized.
    And what’s with this article’s “NFL’s new controversial stance against taunting” line? It’s a new rule; the author’s designation of it as “controversial” takes this article from “news” to opinion. This labeling is like when a news person is a news person unless he is a Conservative news person.

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