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Issa should be embarassed by his bullying conduct

Friday, March 7th, 2014

US Congressman Darrell Issa, chair of the House Oversight Committee bullied fellow Congressman Elijah Cummings and below is the video record of it recorded by C-SPAN. Issa allowed no one to testify at this Wed. March 5 hearing held to humiliate former IRS worker Lois Lerner who invoked her 5th Amendment right to not give self-incriminating answers to Issa’s questions. Rep. Cummings had something to say, but Rep. Issa turned off his microphone twice. Issa adjourned the hearing while the outraged Cummings attempted to speak.

Bullied targets have borne the brunt of a bully’s contempt similar to that demonstrated by Issa.

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NFL Dolphins react to Wells’ report – fire coach & trainer

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

The owner of the NFL Miami Dolphins fired offensive line coach Mike Turner and trainer Kevin O’Neil. Turner was named as an accomplice in the mistreatment of Jonathan Martin by Ted Wells in his report about the abusive team environment and bullying scanda. Below, head coach Joe Philbin commented on the report and changes he plans for next season.

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Report to NFL on workplace conduct/bullying at the Miami Dolphins

Friday, February 14th, 2014

On Nov. 6, 2013, the National Football League hired Ted Wells and the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP to conduct an independent investigation into issues of workplace conduct at the Miami Dolphins after the departure of Jonathan Martin from the team last October.

… even the largest, strongest and fleetest person may be driven to despair by bullying, taunting and constant insults

From the Conclusion, NFL Report, Feb. 14, 2014

The long-awaited report exonerates Jonathan Martin, the player targeted for abuse by a trio of fellow players.

Many of the key report conclusions illustrate how this NFL story is one of workplace bullying: (italicized comments by WBI)

The mistreatment of Martin is consistent with a case of Workplace Bullying
   The legal team recognized that bullying is abusive conduct and that Martin was the abused party.

Martin did not fabricate his allegations of harassment
   As is true with bullied targets, they are not the liars; it is most often the abusers, the bullies, who lie.

Repeated acts of harassment contributed to Martin’s departure
   Bullying involves repeated acts

Incognito knew that the harassment affected Martin
   Perpetrators are aware that they harm others. Some derive pleasure from it.

Martin was subjected to persistent harassing language
   Persistence, again, repeated acts

The harassment was humiliating and contributed to his mental health issues
   The investigators made the causal link. Humiliation causes mental distress.

The bullying trio harassed other Dolphins personnel
   Cruelty spreads like contagion when unchecked

It is unclear the extent to which the abuse resulted from racial animus
   Illegal harassment/discrimination can be part of bullying, but bullying often is not based on race or gender.

Culture of the Dolphins offensive line does not excuse the mistreatment
   Just because it’s the NFL doesn’t mean bullying is acceptable.

Coach Philbin and the Front Office did not know about the harassment
   Complaints are often kept at the lowest level. Executives are shielded by lower-level managers.

This is a remarkable report. Read it in its entirety for yourself.

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NFL: Bully PR smears victim despite facts

Friday, January 31st, 2014

The Miami Dolphins bullying scandal mirrors in so many ways what happens to bullied targets in corporate and government jobs.

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Now that the target, Jonathan Martin, has finally spoken, the bully ratchets up his defense.

Richie Incognito, alleged bully (pictured on the left), who lost pay for only 2 football games and was paid to not play for the Dolphins or any other team for the remainder of the season, is going on offense.

Since most of his public behavior is indefensible — racial slurs in text messages and drunken rants caught on camera — his PR advisers are attacking Martin. Always blame/attack the victim. He claims Martin gave as good as he got. Remember bullies are believed; bullied targets are not believed.

The Big Lie: the relationship between Martin and Incognito was “friendship.” Friends are equals. Friends care about each other. Friends respect one another. Friends don’t abuse. Friends don’t exploit.

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Jonathan Martin explains targeting for abuse in the NFL

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Jonathan Martin, Miami Dolphins offensive lineman, left the team in October, 2013. His voluntary decision to leave an “abusive environment” caused a firestorm of controversy in the sports world. On January 29, 2014, Martin spoke publicly for the first time about his ordeal with former NFL coach, now NBC sports broadcaster Tony Dungy.

The short 3:43 min. version of the interview

The full 25 min. interview
Listen for his distinction between cruelty required on the field and character off the field. Exactly what Richard Sherman described as his “switch.”

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Flipping a switch: Abuse is wrong in a violent (NFL) workplace

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Ever since the media explosion in October 2013 following Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin’s decision to leave the team due to an abusive work environment, jock pundits struggled to understand his courageous decision. Martin, the target of racial and hateful mistreatment, was blamed. Further, jocks (and much of mainstream pro football-crazed America) described abusive locker room conduct as an indispensable part of the NFL job.

Jump forward to Sunday January 19, 2014. Seattle Seahawk safety Richard Sherman blocked the pass that would have put the SF 49ers in the Super Bowl. With the block and only seconds remaining in the game, Sherman cemented the win for his team, and the Seahawks advanced to the biggest game of the season. In the immediate aftermath, while running off the field, he gave a now infamous rant to Erin Andrews and the national TV audience.

All interviews thereafter with the sought-after Sherman were a disappointment if interviewers expected the rage to be repeated. He apologized for a personal attack on the 49er receiver he had bested. But he taught the nation lessons in how American racism resides barely under the surface.

For our purposes here, Sherman’s most astute statement was to a CNN interviewer after the on-field rage. His explanation is critical to understanding how abuse can happen in a violent sport, “barbaric” in his own words. He distinguishes play on the field that is necessarily brutal to be successful from how players should conduct themselves off the field, in the locker room and when they re-enter civilian off-the=field life. I call it the Sherman Switch. Listen to his brief explanation. Mature players, currently all men, flip that switch. It is clearly “manly” to do so. He even eschews fighting.

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Here’s a bullying thug: GOP Congressman Grimm

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Last week, the FBI arrested Congressman Michael Grimm’s (R-NY) fundraiser (and ex-girlfriend) Diana Durand on charges of illegally contributing more than $10,000 to Grimm’s 2010 campaign through straw donors. And he’s a known “tough guy,” as an ex-Marine and FBI agent.

Last night he was interviewed by NY1-TV reporter Michael Scotto. After commenting about the State of the Union address, Scotto dared to start to ask Grimm about the above scandal, but didn’t get the question out before Grimm declared it off limits.

Grimm walked out of camera range for seconds. Then he returned while the camera was still running to threaten Scotto. Here’s the text of the exchange.

Grimm: “Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f—–g balcony.”

Scotto: “Why? I just wanted to ask you…”

[[cross talk]]

Grimm: “If you ever do that to me again…”

Scotto: “Why? Why? It’s a valid question.” [[cross talk]]

Grimm: “No, no, you’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”

When the twittersphere exploded with calling Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman a thug after his post-game rant was televised, Sherman eloquently and accurately replied with the definition of thug that requires that criminality be a part.

Now comes Grimm whose threats of bodily harm might actually constitute a crime. To me, that justifies his branding as a thug.

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Hazing in China, the same the world around

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

The New York Times reports on a disturbing June 2012 video posted on YouTube of severe hazing within a brigade of the People’s Armed Police, a Chinese group that provides for internal security and border patrol duties. It seems the veteran troops doing the hazing filmed the event proudly. Though military in function, the group is not part of the Army. Authorities said the video “exposed serious questions about the management of our unit. We are deeply shocked, hurt and blame ourselves.”

This is the sort of mistreatment the American military hopes to eliminate within its ranks, but changing the military culture is an uphill battle.

The disgusting video appears on the next page for those with the stomach to watch the brutal nonsense that is somehow sold to new recruits as a test of honor, to be in the club.

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Stone: Why Does It Take a Richie Incognito for Us to Start Talking About Bullying?

Monday, November 25th, 2013

By Kerri L. Stone, Associate Professor of Law, Florida International University, Huffington Post, Nov. 16, 2013

In the wake of the Richie Incognito suspension, a big question that we need to ask is…why? With bullying so rampant in society, why has this story captivated the public imagination? And why did the Dolphins decide to suspend him that Sunday afternoon after initially defending him in a statement released just that morning?

The first question is easy. Bullying is linked in the public imagination to juvenile, perhaps inconsequential schoolyard behavior that “strong” adults should be able to tolerate, especially when they are large, famous professional football players. No one has cared much about workplace bullying among adults, and this has been a mistake. Until now. In the NFL.

The harm that workplace bullying does to organizations’ morale, productivity, and efficiency is well-documented. It erodes employees’ feelings of wellbeing and dignity in the workplace. Each day in this country, untold numbers of people falter and/or leave their employment because of corrosive workplace bullying. But until a famous football player took a stand and walked away from fame and success, no headlines screamed to us about this phenomenon.

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Daily Show: Lessons from Dick Incognito for all workplaces

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

After Jon Stewart sets the context for needing new NFL rules, at the 1:40 mark John Oliver and friends clarify the “Do’s and Don’ts” for workplaces. (Warning: language potentially unsafe for work)

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