Mascots are a matter of respect

Richard Lapchick says it's past time for the NCAA to move beyond the "teachable moment" of its recent decision about mascots.

Updated: August 24, 2005, 5:29 PM ET
By Richard Lapchick | Special to Page 2

The NCAA has made many controversial decisions in its long history, but I doubt any of them caused more of a public outcry than its attempt to stop 18 schools from using "hostile and abusive" Native American names, mascots and/or imagery.

There were unhappy people on both sides of the issue. Affected colleges and universities expressed outrage that the NCAA had stepped into the fray, while proponents of an all-out ban on ethnic names and mascots thought the organization hadn't gone ...

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