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Lydon Murtha

The NFL's bully boys

The NFL's bully boys

So the secret is finally out: The National Football League is an anachronism. Not the game, which is as ever. But the league's culture.

The NFL's out-of-touch, out-of-time "context" has been on vivid display during the ongoing contretemps between Miami Dolphin guard Richie Incognito and his offensive tackle teammate Jonathan Martin. When Martin left the team complaining of an unsafe workplace environment due to harassment by Incognito and other Dolphins, he launched a national conversation about bullying, hazing, physical and verbal abuse, and athletes' antics. But as important as these things may be — especially bullying — they are tangential to the deeper issue of the...