Have you ever played sports? Or been around sports? Have you even gotten close enough to hear the chatter that goes on? If everything that’s said on the field of play was investigated for propriety, well, you’d have a permanent full-employment plan for investigators.
Much of it is crude. Some of it is angry. Most of it is quickly forgotten because it’s in the heat of the moment, and it’s almost never personal. That doesn’t mean it never crosses lines, or that players don’t sometimes regret their words. But for the most part, what’s said on the field is dealt with on the field, and it rarely sparks anything more than a few words in response because participants understand it’s wise not to turn mere words into some sort of war.
But this is 2017, and certain societal groups are out for scalps. Right now, they’re out for the scalp of Kevin Pillar. What did he do? Well...