Here's the "defense" of Martin…
I believe that everybody should have the right to go to work in a non-hostile environment. .
Here is where I, once again, the voice of REASON must take issue with this nonsense.
the very term 'non-hostile environment' was coined by lawyers. And, in most cases, it makes sense.
In MMA? In the NFL? The very SPORTS themselves are HOSTILE
. They are not 'pastoral, laid back sports'. Football originated out of RUGBY, one of the most vicious sports alongside Gaelic Hurling, which is 'Rugby with a Stick'..
To even 'suggest' that these two sports ( along with hockey, but I dont really care about those losers) should be anything BUT 'hostile' is an affront to the sport itself. Only lawyers
could make being a Gladiator a 'victim'.
Need to see an example? Boxing. PC got boxers to use helmets and gloves, and it went from guys getting knocked out and quitting to guys who took a million hits ( ALI) and THEN ended up 'punch-drunk'..again, the law of unintended consequences.
I am sorry, but 'some' jobs should be in a 'hostile' environment. Some jobs require the 'environment' itself to be 'hostile'This, should be one of them. Football is a contact sport but as Bear Bryant famously quipped 'it is controlled violence'
. This goes beyond mere sports. Jobs like cops, soldiers...Jobs where terrible injury is lurking right around the corner. You dont want your beat cop to be a sadistic a$$hole, but when he/she has to take down a violent perp, you definitely do not want them to consider whether or not they would be 'hurting feelings'.
I forget which military historian I heard awhile back but he made this distinction: in the runup to WW2, while the French were teaching thier kids philosophy and ethics, the Krauts were teaching thier kids to march with a pack. By the time the terrible business got underway, these kids almost damn took over the entire continent!
Yet, here we are and I cannot help but think what the oldschool football greats would think about this..A grown, educated man seeking therapy from hazing.
But basically, it is business..Now, if you dont have alot of experience in that, I 'get it'. I am of the mindset that 'business' will take care of itself. Not so in the No Fun League...I cannot see where this leads to a 'favorable' outcome. I see it unraveling, and causing about 4 times the problems, because now we get three levels of new lawyers AND the new inclusion of 'therapists'....
Lets 'hope' that does not happen.
If you like your coach, you can keep your coach