What Causes Locker Room Bullying
by Rachel Skytta, Reporter
November 05, 2013 5:51 PM
A football locker room is usually a place to have fun, unwind, and bond with your teammates.
“Hang out, listen to music, it’s a real positive vibe you know you crack jones, and talk about things outside of football,” said Brandon Mohr, Sophomore Linebacker.
But all that can change if just one player decides to take the jokes too far.
“There shouldn’t be a divide in the locker room. It should only be a unit that comes together and really is there for one another on a daily basis,” said Jerry Olszewski, Augustana Head Football Coach.
On Sunday, Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito was suspended indefinitely on the basis of misconduct and bullying inside the locker room.
Raising the question of how often these scenarios take place in the locker room culture.
“To say a culture, a culture is defined by the people in it,” said Coach Olzsewski
Augustana College Head Football Coach, Jerry Olszewski says his team has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bullying.
"No person regardless of their success or regardless of their year in school is treated differently on this football team than anyone else," said Coach Olszewski.
While coaches and players can only do so much to control the outcome on the field, a place where they might be able to control it a little easier is inside the locker room.
"If something does happen in there we usually have guys that will step up and take care of it before anything gets out of hand," said Mohr.
Coach Olszewski says one bad egg could bring down the whole team.
"When one person puts themselves on an island or above someone else, I can see that happening a little bit, and some divide happening in the locker room," said Olszewski.
"It's a cancer. That's something you don't want on your team," said Mohr.
Locker room bullying may be happening in the NFL, but coaches and players at Augustana agree that it's something they have no interest in taking part in.
"That wouldn't be tolerated at any point. It's a distraction away from our success ratio if that's happening. We can't be one unit moving forward for the goals that we have, and have that kind of thing happening in our locker room or within our football team," said Coach Olszewski.