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How will NJ trash talking ban be enforced?

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New Jersey, wanting to bring athletic events into line with the state's anti-bullying law for schools, has banned trash-talking in high school sports.

Referees will be required to report statements related to gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or religion to the state Civil Rights Division.

Enforcing the ban might require more self-governance than anything else, says anti-bullying expert Randy Nathan.

"(The object) is raising the awareness of what’s acceptable and what is not. There is going to be a thin line. Hopefully, they’ll be self-governed over time. Comments like the ‘f’ word or the ‘n’ word will not be heard. There are 35 million youth who compete in sports in high school. It makes sense to find a way to deal with that in that realm," said Nathan.

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