The Stereotype of Masculinity in the NFL

1647 WordsFeb 17, 20187 Pages
Intro to Social Problems The Stereotype of Masculinity in the NFL Recently, there was a major bullying scandal, not in a school, or a playground, but within one of the franchises of the NFL. The case involved two of the Miami Dolphins offensive linemen, Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. Richie Incognito was accused of verbally abusing Jonathan Martin, as well as sending threatening text messages and voicemails. As this story was coming to light, rumors arose that it was at the direction of the coaching staff to toughen up Martin and to make him “more of a man.” These rumors were never proven to be true, but because of the public’s perception of the culture of football, and the NFL in particular, the rumors seemed believable. Many players made statements in support of Richie Incognito, saying that many of the things said in that locker room were said across the league. They said it was just a part of the culture of the game and that Martin “broke the code” when he left the team. This lack of concern from many of the players in the league leads to the question of what role masculinity plays in professional sports like the NFL. In a league where reputation is everything, whether it is related to on-field intimidation or simply to lead to a big contract, how does masculinity shape this reputation and the league itself? A singular and limited view of masculinity has hijacked professional sports, the NFL especially, and has led to a culture where many players cannot tell
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