Pinkel: Having fun with teammates is fun, until you 'draw blood'
Gary Pinkel and Missouri held a Google+ Hangout (along with former Mizzou, and now NFL player Jeremy Maclin) to engage with the fan base yesterday, and while fielding questions from fans, Pinkel was asked about the Miami Dolphins locker room situation and how he approaches similar issues within his program.
Considering the recent events down in Miami, his philosophy is something that coaches at every level should see and consider.
"The number one core value that we have here is to respect the cultural differences of your teammates, and just a basic respect for people, and I think that's where it all starts."
"Players like to mess around with each other and kid around with each other and that's all part of the locker room, and that's cool, but I use the term 'draw blood'. If you start to draw blood when you're kidding around and it becomes personal, then you're not only hurting the guy that you're verbally attacking, but you're also hurting the team and what we're about and the things that we have to be so that's how we define it." Pinkel explains.
"We can kid around and have a good time as long as we're both having a good time, but when it gets to the point where it gets personal and it affects not only those two individuals, but affects our football team, we don't tolerate that."
"Teams and families function the same way. If you verbally abuse a family member, and it gets to the point where it's hurtful, you're going to have some family problems."