New Jersey bans trash-talking in sports

Rules to apply to high school coaches, student-athletes this fall

Published On: Jun 24 2013 12:22:07 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 25 2013 09:31:29 AM EDT
High school football

It's no secret, Gov. Chris Christie has done his fair share of trash talking over the years, and now in his own state of New Jersey, a new ban targeting high school students who talk trash at sporting events will be soon going into effect.

The office of the Attorney General of New Jersey along with the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) plan to enforce new rules that will make it clear that harassing conduct related to race, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or religion will not be tolerated, New York TV station WPIX reported.

The "trash talk" ban will affect nearly 500 high schools, 250,000 student athletes and tens of thousands of coaches this fall.

But will this ban really work? Some student-athletes are skeptical.

"When dealing with athletes on a professional level, yeah I think a ban would work," Fort Lee High School senior Samuel Yeom told WPIX. "But on a high school level, it shouldn't be done. It will be hard to regulate because we don't have refs with super hearing."

Others think the ban will do more harm than good when it goes into effect.

"Like you're taking a huge part of the sport away from the kids," Edgewater resident Joe Kim said. "They sometimes need that as motivation to work harder. How are they going to play with the intensity and all that stuff you need to get to the next level."

According to the new rules, any coach or student-athlete who is cited for what is deemed "unsportsmanlike" misconduct will be disqualified from participating in the next two scheduled events.

Depending on the severity of the misconduct, further investigation may follow suit.