It’s bad sportsmanship for high school fans to chant “air ball,” “season’s over” (during a tournament) or other insults declared the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association in an email.
Mockery ensued. ESPN analyst Jay Bilas tweeted “WIAA acceptable” chants.
Instead of “airball,” he suggests: “We note your attempt did not reach the rim, but only to alert the clock operator that a reset is unnecessary.”
Also WIAA-acceptable: “We hope for a positive outcome while fully realizing that the result is not a negative reflection upon our guest.”
But the “s word” hit the fan, when a student athlete tweeted a vulgar response:
April Gehl, a three-sport star at Hilbert High, was suspended for five basketball games for her vulgar response. “I couldn’t believe it,” Gehl said. “I was like, ‘Really? For tweeting my opinion?’ I thought it was ridiculous.”
Does she have a free-speech right to use a vulgarity on social media? If not, isn’t a five-game suspension over the top?