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November 8, 2013

NFL incident offers lessons on manhood, toughness

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When Martin’s agent called Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland to complain, Ireland reportedly told the agent Martin should simply “punch” Incognito. As disturbing as this may sound, it harmonizes with the chorus criticizing Martin — which even includes some Dolphins  — suggesting the incident would have remained private if Martin were willing to “stand up for himself” with violence.

Let’s be clear: lashing out with violence does not constitute standing up for one’s self. No professional, in any line of work, should have to earn respect in the workplace through fighting. And with so many incidents of deadly school and workplace violence drawing headlines over the past two years, let’s consider the implications of suggesting that one can solve one’s problems with an eruption of anger.

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