Come on, it’s just a joke. We’re not racist and it’s NOT a label, so what’s the problem.
So said all the white players on the Kenmore East High School (NY) girls basketball team, who have now been suspended for what can only be called the worst pre-game team chant ever. Especially after the lone African-American player, Tyra Batts, pleaded with them to stop the tradition adding, “I would argue about it … and they would tell me they’re not racist, it’s just a word, it’s not a label.”
So Batts finally had enough one day, got into it with another player over the use of the slur and eventually it adults at the school found out. (Current and past coaches claim they never heard the chant and must have been done AFTER they left the locker room.) Now the other members of the team have been suspended and must attend cultural sensitivity training. The will also serve a one-game suspension later in the season and–this is the best part–the good sportsmanship trophy awarded last year has been rescinded.
And you thought the ladies of the Lingerie Football League played in skimpy uniforms! Just take a look at how little they had on in support of PETA. Click link below for larger images from the photo shoot.
PETA have a new weapon in their war on animal cruelty – beautiful, scantily-clad women. Ladies who play in the Lingerie Football League have joined forces with the animal welfare group for a new anti-fur campaign. Members of the Toronto Triumph team decided to lend their support by stripping for the cause.
When we first saw the headline we thought,”Hey, they finally charged someone in the Florida A& M band for the death of that drum major a couple of weeks ago.” Nope.
These charges are for a different hazing incident that ended with a broken leg after a female band member was beaten with fists AND a metal ruler to initiate her into something called the “Red Dawg Order.” Welcome to the club! Sorry you’ll never walk normally again!
So what next for the FAMU Marching Mobsters? If the school was smart they’d issue the Death Penalty: no band activities for five years (same as they would likely hand a frat or sorority which had a history of hazing) to get rid of anyone with a history with the group. Why no just a suspension or other punishment? Apparently the FAMU band hasn’t learned from past incidents: back in 1998, a clarinet player was hospitalized after he said he was paddled around 300 times, and in 2001 another band member suffered kidney damage–kidney damage– after being beaten with a paddle.
A clear signal has been sent to all university officials everywhere: get hazing under control on your campus or face the consequences. We won’t go into great detail on the incident that cost the life of a drum major on the Florida A&M marching band, but needless to say there had been a long tradition at the school. Could the president of the university, James Ammons, done more to prevent hazing? Apparently the board of trustees think so . . . especially now that the school will likely face civil lawsuits over this kids death. They didn’t fire Ammons, but they could have.
Unfortunately, it seems like these things don’t get the attention they need until big buck lawsuits show up, but the game has started to change and college administrators better start paying attention to the hazing issues at their schools. And trust me, despite what everyone says, there is hazing going on at your school. It’s only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured.
Not familiar with netball? Kind of like basketball, but without the backboards and players can only hold onto the ball for three seconds. But that’s not really why you’re here? You’re here for pictures of the ladies on the University of Bristol Netball Club topless that are part of a fundraising calendar to bring attention to the team and this greatly under-appreciated sport.