NFL should ban misbehaving fans for life

April, 22, 2012
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True or false: Behaving badly towards other fans, such as fighting, swearing or threatening them, is OK as long as they deserve it.

Even a 5-year-old could get that answer right. And if you didn't immediately realize the answer is "false," then maybe you should be taking an anger management course instead of the NFL's version of the Drunken Idiot's Guide to Stadium Behavior.

According to the New York Post, that's a sample question from an online exam that abusive NFL fans who are ejected from stadiums now must pass if they ever want to attend another game.

Do this and prepare to answer the following:

True or false: Every fan has a right to like any team they wish. Using abusive language towards fans who support teams you don't like will not be tolerated.

After reading questions like that, I'm sure NFL draft prospects wish the league had hired Dr. Ari Novick, the mastermind behind the conduct exam, to create the Wonderlic.

Certainly the NFL deserves some credit for being proactive in trying to stem fan misbehavior. But even though this is a step in the right direction, it's only a half-measure.

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Jemele Hill | email

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