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Should sports-man be sent to jail for being racist

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Started: 5/21/2013 Category: Sports
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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wolfH

Pro

I believe that there should be a new law that makes sports-men go to jail for being racist, like suarez when he was banned for 8 matches, i think it is unfair that they should be seen as higher than us.
Thandiflight

Con

So we have heard from Pro today that it is okay for us to send sportsmen to JAIL for racism, and yet he gives no reason as to why.

First of all, sportsmen are just normal people that play sport. It isn't okay to penalize them with jail time because they exercised their right to freedom of speech. Yes, these sportsmen can be removed from competitions, but turning them into a criminal because they said something derogatory? Sending them to the same place we send murderers and rapists?

It is the role of the government to protect the rights and liberty of the people, not to act as to make saying something derogatory a federal offense. If this motion passes, then sportsmen will effectively have a list of what they can and cannot say - which is completely unfair

I await Pro's response.
Debate Round No. 1
wolfH

Pro

If we don't take lasting action, then rasisim will escilate, and many kids look up to these spotsmen as idols, if they are being rasist without thinking about it because they can easily get away with it; or that is what they think because of it, the players still get payed, fine or ban is nothing.

So MR. Con answer back to that...
Thandiflight

Con

Essentially what we have heard from Pro thus far is ....nothing really.

His claims revolve around the idea that racism in sports will increase unless we send racist sportsmen to jail.

First of all, racism is bad. We know this. I know this. You know this. We don't need to debate that.

Secondly, a sportsman saying something racist does not justify sending him to prison.
We already have overcrowded prisons, and I believe on the Con side that sending a sportsman to jail for exercising his freedom of expression is a gross overextension of paternalism.

Pro has stated that racism will escalate unless something is done - but where is the proof of this? Since the dawn of time there has been racism - does Pro believe that racism will somehow disappear if we send sportsmen who are racist to jail? What about the average person who says something racist? Will they go to jail too?

Therefore, Pro has failed to demonstrate how sending sportsmen to jail will solve the racism problem
Debate Round No. 2
wolfH

Pro

wolfH forfeited this round.
Thandiflight

Con

I take it that Wolf has forfeited this debate then.
Debate Round No. 3
wolfH

Pro

wolfH forfeited this round.
Thandiflight

Con

Thandiflight forfeited this round.
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