Bullying on the football field: A coach's perspective

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

PERRY Co., Ky. (WYMT) - It is not tolerated in the classroom, the workplace or even online. So—is bullying okay on the football field? Is it just boys being boys?

Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito has made national headlines recently for his suspension on allegations of harassing a teammate.

Coaches for the Perry County Central Commodores said bullying is not acceptable.

Local players said a football team is like a band of brothers.

You are only as strong as your weakest link and everyone must do their fair share to insure the team's success.

"It's extremely important and I'd say one of the most important things about football," said Nathan Pray.

Pray is a cornerback and wide receiver

Head Coach Justin Haddix said when you are on their field you are family.

"We stay together and we eat together about every Thursday," Haddix said. "So we really kinda encourage everybody being together and we don't deal with any hazing."

This means zero bullying.

Tyler Fugate is a defensive back and running back.

"It's very important because you want to be a good teammate," said Fugate. "You don't want anyone on the team not liking you, so just try to be a good teammate and not mess with people."

Coaches said they are winning as a team and losing as a team.

State playoffs kickoff Friday evening as Perry County Central takes on North Laurel.

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