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Bullying; Public Playgrounds to Private Professional Locker Rooms

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Join The Gist of Freedom with host Preston Washington as he welcomes William Jackson, Jacksonville, Florida Public School's Bullying Prevention Director! William will discuss how the Dolphins NFL team could have prevented the bullying or hazing debacle.

There's a pattern at work here, much of which resembles an old stereotype: The privileged jock who likes to make life miserable for opponents and easy targets. Indeed, a sign in Incognito's locker boasted, "There are two things Richie Incognito does not like: taxes and rookies." But it's more complicated.

In previous interviews with reporters, Incognito and his father indicated other students ridiculed him for being overweight as a child, especially during sixth grade in Glendale, Ariz. His father, Richie Sr., a Vietnam veteran, told NFL.com that he gave his son advice: "If you let anyone give you (expletive) now, you're going to take (expletive) your entire life."

It's a common cycle for victims of various kinds of abuse, including bullying. Those who suffered often repeat the abuse themselves, especially when they accumulate power over others when they get older.