Dick Vitale joined the All-Star lineup of college basketball minds yesterday morning on the radio broadcast. He spoke of his love for Calipari and the hate he receives because of it, as well as the elite tier of teams at the top in college basketball this season.
The highlight of the segment had nothing to do with sports, but was Vitale’s frank discussion on bullying. Dickie V opened up about being tormented in his youth. As an adult, Vitale was almost driven to quit his job at ESPN due to bullying.
It struck a chord hearing a popular media figure, a household name for much of my life, share such personal experiences on the air, and with such brutal honesty. The main message he wanted to get across was simply to be kind to one another.
It’s a simple message of course, but one that we, especially in the Internet age, need to be reminded of–words are powerful. Being cruel on an Internet message board, Twitter, or the KSR comment section is no less significant than doing so in person.
IT REALLY caused me pain & many tears – People please have RESPECT for others & their feelings! http://t.co/yhaDOwLYSf
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) November 23, 2013
Check out yesterday’s podcast here.
And be sure to check out Vitale’s full article on his experiences with bullying. It is a fantastic read from a stand-up guy.
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