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10-20-2010, 11:47 AM
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I would happily ignore whatever any idiot fans wanted to yell at me in exchange for Rypien's $575,000 per year, let alone the multi-millions that other players make. The expectations for professional athletes to handle abuse are clearly much higher than your average person because it's part of the sports experience. Teams want their fans to be engaged in the game and part of that is going to be riding the opposition players. Clearly, racial slurs or death threats or things like that are unacceptable, and you want to keep a bit of a limit on swearing if there are kids around, but beyond that, all bets are off IMO.

At the end of the day, they need to have some perspective. Sure, some loser calls you a bum and all sorts of nasty names at the game and tries to get under your skin. Regardless, once the game is over, they go back to their job pumping gas and you go back to living the high life as a professional athlete. Players need to have a thicker skin about these sorts of things.

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