Football and bullying - FOX 35 News Orlando

Football and bullying

Posted: Updated:
NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) -

The high school football players who put in 3-hour daily practice sessions on the North Plainfield High School field in New Jersey are focused on perfecting the game. But their parents and community leaders are keeping a close eye on alleged bullying in the National Football League and taking steps to make sure it doesn't happen here.

The freshman football team is looking great this season with a 7-1 record. The mother of No. 70, Jesse Knight, says the game has helped her son in many ways. She feels it should not be blamed for a problem that's bigger than any sport.

Not far from the high school, I caught up with Dewayne Riggins at Maximum Athletics. He trains NFL players like Bart Scott and Antonio Cromartie and also is co-founder of a foundation called Friends Against Bullying because of a childhood trauma that has left scars to this day. He says anyone can be bullied, regardless of their size or profession, and that the parents of students he trains believe the sport of football is not to blame.

Both the mom we spoke with and the trainer say the most important safeguard against bullying is to keep the lines of communication open, and let your children know they can talk with you about anything.

  • New Jersey NewsNew Jersey NewsMore>>

  • Why is Atlantic City collapsing?

    Why is Atlantic City collapsing?

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:38:30 GMT
    AP file photoAP file photo
    For decades, making some quick cash was the main drive behind so many who took the ride down the parkway to Atlantic City. But with so much to choose from nowadays, it looks like Atlantic City is in a lot of trouble.
    For decades, making some quick cash was the main drive behind so many who took the ride down the parkway to Atlantic City. But with so much to choose from nowadays, it looks like Atlantic City is in a lot of trouble.
  • 6 rescued from sinking boat off NJ

    6 rescued from sinking boat off NJ

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:53:06 GMT
    Six people were saved as their boat was sinking in waters near the New Jersey coast. 
    Six people were saved as their boat was sinking in waters near the New Jersey coast. 
  • Showboat closing after 27 years in Atlantic City

    Showboat closing after 27 years in Atlantic City

    Sunday, August 31 2014 2:58 PM EDT2014-08-31 18:58:04 GMT
    The show is ending for the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
    The show is ending for the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices