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The organizational investigation into Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin’s claims of unrelenting bullying from Richie Incognito is just beginning, but many are asking just how prevalent such actions are in NFL locker rooms.
Dr. Gail Saltz believes the NFL culture allowed this behavior, and though once possibly acceptable, is changing - as it has women in the locker rooms and with concussions. Although the work may be done on the field, Saltz says the locker room has to be treated like a workplace.
“Yes, it's a game. Yes, they have to be aggressive. But you don't have to emotionally torture someone else,” said Saltz.
Sportscaster Curt Menefee said that, without question, Incognito’s behavior “crossed the line.” However, describing the behavior as “bullying” may not be appropriate:
“We throw the word bullying around, which carries a lot of weight in the society right now, because it is a real problem particularly with young people,” said Menefee. “There's a difference between bullying someone and having someone being a willing participant in going back and forth with one another, and giving each other a hard time, and then feeling that that person crossed the line. If I do that with you, you have the right to tell me, ‘Hey, you cross[ed] the line,’ but I haven't bullied you.”
CNN Films' documentary "Pandora’s Promise" investigated the future of sustainable energy with a heavy emphasis on the potential role nuclear power can play. However, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President of the Waterkeeper Alliance, cautioned against some of the conclusions the film came to.
“The kind of reactors that are advocated for this film by this film are breeder reactors which actually create more plutonium and more weapons grade plutonium,” said Kennedy, also the senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. “You're producing weapons grade plutonium.”
According to Kennedy, breeder reactors actually “create their own fuel,” a key difference from water reactors.
“You'd have to create thousands of these reactors for hundreds of years, operate them for hundreds of years in order for them to devour,” said Kennedy.