I was listening to the Hochman and Zaslow radio show this morning, because the only other option on was the local chauvinistic radio show. (If you’re not lucky enough to have one of these reductive and problematic radio shows in your own hometown, “Parks and Recreation” does a good job of parodying this type of radio with their Crazy Ira and the Douche characters).
But back to Hoch and Zas. I generally don’t listen to any sports radio other than the Dan Le Batard Show, and even then only to try to impress my boyfriend with some sports knowledge. As I said, though, there weren’t many options today. Hoch and Zas were (like everyone else) discussing the current Mike Rice scandal and were (like everyone else) supportive of Rutgers’ decision to fire the now-disgraced coach.
They made the point, though — and here is where I was surprised at their entertaining a rare, insightful moment — that abuse like this happens all the time, in every single profession. Maybe employees don’t get basketballs hurled at them, or don’t get kicked, or don’t experience physical abuse, but they experience mental or emotional or verbal abuse by their bosses and supervisors.
And this is a critical point, because I wonder how many in the media who have railed against Mike Rice are themselves guilty of perpetuating a culture of abuse towards their own subordinates. I am willing to bet that a large percentage have, at one time or another, projected their anger and insecurities onto an undeserving employee. Often what happens is that these employees are so desperate to keep their jobs that they don’t report the incident to HR, and nothing is done. There are no consequences and nothing changes.
I fully back Rutgers’ decision. I don’t think that Mike Rice should ever work again in a capacity like this one (although, with the structure of the system, he probably will). I believe that he should be punished to the fullest extent, and that his “apology” was weak and insulting to those who have been the objects of his wrath. But I hope that his situation spurs self-reflection and self-awareness in all of our hearts, so that we can honestly and courageously explore the ways that we, too, hurt those weaker than us.
Previously from Laura Creel:
♦ Remembering Trololos
♦ A Beatles’ Album Cover Gives Us Pause
♦ Found Canaletto = Treasure Story Surprise!
♦ “Your video sucks, US Magazine”
♦ Jantzen Diving Girl Gets the Skinny on Herself