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Seton Hall Sports Poll Evaluates Bullying in Sports
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Dolphins53% Think Bullying Widespread Throughout Sports
Only 13% Say Incognito ‘Most at Fault’ Among All Miami Parties

Americans believe that the Rich Incognito/Jonathan Martin controversy is indicative of a broader problem throughout sports.

In a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted this week, 53% said bullying is a widespread problem throughout sports, with only 25% saying it was not.

37% felt the issue was part of a broader NFL problem, while only 13% felt it was isolated to the Dolphins, and 17% felt it was not a problem at all.

As for the Dolphins controversy, only 13% singled out Richie Incognito as “most at fault” in the bullying story, compared to 4% naming Jonathan Martin, 16% citing the coaching staff, 2% the Dolphin players, and 34% naming “all of the above.”

And yet, even though so few singled out Incognito as most at fault, 46% agreed with his being suspended, with only 22% opposing it.

The poll was based on random phone calls to landlines and cellphones across the United States, in which 808 adults participated. The results have a +/- margin of error of 3.5%).

"There are a lot of layers to this," noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by The Sharkey Institute, "The public is saying that the Martin/Incognito controversy is just one incident in a much broader societal problem and is not caught up in blaming either one of them."

One in three respondents - 32% - said the attention that the situation has received would help eliminate bullying in sports. (43% said it would have no effect).

Asked if NFL players and athletes in general should be held to the same behavioral standards in the locker room as the general public is in the workplace, 65% said yes to just 18% saying no.

Only 35% felt Martin should have continued to deal with the issue and not left the team. 63% feel he should resume his career, but only 26% feel it should be with the Dolphins.

See media coverage in Bloomberg Businessweek »

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