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Has Trash Talking Gone Too Far? 89

  • Posted by: Sarah Rodriguez
  • January 28, 2011, 1:09 PM

Trash talking in sports is all around us; everyone hears it constantly. While trash talking may be said jokingly, lately in professional sports it has gone too far.

Trash talking has moved away from harmless humor to something more serious and offensive. Especially in the NFL, the harsh and sometimes inappropriate words are weekly news headlines.

A recent example of crossing the line was prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff games. A huge battle of words occurred between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots. Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie started the word war by calling Patriots quarterback Tom Brady some names that no individual would ever want directed at them. Then, during a press conference, Patriots star receiver Wes Welker made references to Jets head coach Rex Ryan’s wife. Welker may have thought his comments were amusing, but Bill Belichick did not. He benched Welker for the first series of the game.

Many Jets players took offense to Welker’s words, responding with their own comments. Bart Scott threatened Welker by saying his days in a uniform were numbered. Nick Mangold, the Jets’ center, also chimed in by posting comments on Twitter. He made references to Welker being a great player and how the Jets need to keep a “spy” on him or he could really open the “gate.” Mangold’s comeback was aimed at Bill Belichick and the Patriots’ illegal videotaping scandal known as “Spygate.” It hasn’t been just the Patriots and Jets who have exchanged heated words. Almost every team took part in at least some type of trash talking.

Trash talking is viewed differently by each coach. For example, Ryan joins in with his players and supports the exchanges. He chose not to punish Cromartie for using an array of bleeped out words and saying how he hates Brady. On the other hand, Belichick took the calmer and more typical response of benching Welker. Would Welker’s presence to start the game have made a significant difference in the outcome? No one will know.

One thing that has become clear is that commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL have made it known that they are becoming less tolerant of talk that threatens others. The NFL has stated that if someone takes a “cheap shot” at another player in a game, their previously stated words will be used against them when they are disciplined. Trash talking may be entertaining and amusing, but recently it has just gone way too far.

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the jets need to get over it and realize the pats are the better team. also, I'd like to point out that new york players in particular think they are so great, and so they trash-talk.That might be a way for them to get it out of their system when they are mad. I don't know. But: Do you hear any other team where players think they're terrific? And then they talk trash about it? LOOK, THE PATS ARE BETTER. I'm honest.
Get over it,Mangold.
Get over it, Cromartie.

Get over it, Ryan.


IKR! Lots of people say them to try to be cool, but it's not !!!!! (even though I think them when i'm reallyyyyy mad sometimes )


Jets Won Cause There Better So There Im Done Trash Talk Is part OfThe NFL So the only pepole who Didnt like it thatt week was Brady the Joke And Welker The Geek there coach the cheater and patriot fans so i supose we Know who u went FOR!!!!!!!!!!!

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its mor like

I think trash talk is a good way to kill someone

trash talking isnt bad its just football

Especially with the Jets & pats.


That should be a penilty.

it couldnt be a penalty unless they hear it but noone ever really hears it

ya i think so they say a lot of weird stuff down on the field

YO man

it works

they only win when they talk

the jets should be quiet for once in a while

the jets do barely any of it its all the pats so you and the pats should shut up

it works

that is aswone

gooooooooooooooooooooooo steelers

yeah man

they lost to the packers


I dont know what your talking about.

I don't know.


yes to far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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