Sep 28, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy grreets Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) after the game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
"“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ~Plato"
An interesting phenomena took place during the Chiefs and Packers game. Those fans who would laugh at the loss… or deride genuine Chiefs supporters who were suffering through that loss together on the AA Game Thread… basically took over the thread.
Several Chiefs fans baled on the thread and I don’t blame them at all. After all, who wants to stick around and listen to others who are getting satisfaction from another’s pain. It leaves you asking… what kind of person does that?
In the field of education a tremendous amount of work has been done in the past ten years with the issue of “Bullying.” Is what happened on Monday evening with the Chiefs game day Thread any different than that? I don’t think so.
The name calling that was going on made it difficult witness. However, it’s exactly the name calling that qualifies as Bullying. While most of our AA bloggers did a good job at standing clear of the name calling… the clear attempts of non-Chiefs fans to gain self-satisfaction through harassment and disparaging comments are at the heart of the issue here.
While Bullying itself is currently not against the law, fans should know that harassment that breaks the plane of threatening physical harm… is against the law. And while Bullying currently breaks no law, there is legislation seeking that re-definition.
In any event, I want our AA fans to be informed… attempt to stay out of the fray… and take the high road. Even when the smelly old trolls appear.