Topic 3 How deviant behavior is expressed by individuals or teams

Distinction between teams and individuals

The deviant behaviors in sports are under the influence of various factors, such as values, moral awareness, and insight of the behaviors of the other participants.

Smith (1979) suggests that violent behaviors usually come from the values and attitudes of the sportspersons toward deviant behaviors in the sports field.

In the same perspective, Lance (2005) reveals that athletes perceive and practice deviant behaviors depending on the values and social norms that are established in their sports.

A study examining the predictors of bad sports behaviors disclosed that moral awareness influences the behavior, and the bad behavior tends to be more distinct when the athletes perceive the deviant behavior of their teammates and coaches (Shields et al., 2007).

Deviant behavior related to gender-based violence in basketball can be expressed in various ways. The result of it is a toxic atmosphere within the team and the sports environment.

Here are some examples of how individuals or teams may express deviant behavior in this context:

Players, coaches, or team personnel may engage in verbal abuse directed at individuals based on their gender. This can include using derogatory remarks, sexist language, or menacing against teammates, opponents, referees, table officials or other persons involved in the sport.

acts of physical violence, including hitting, slapping, pushing, and kicking can occur within basketball teams. This may involve players or coaches perpetrating violence against teammates or opponents, but also referees. Coaches could also potentially stir deviant behavior by encouraging the players to intimidate or even injure their opponents during the match.

This can involve unwanted sexual advances, touches, comments, assaults, or any similar behavior directed at individuals within the basketball community. It may occur within the team environment, during games, or in other basketball-related settings like preparation camps. It could be hidden behind the “professional” touching of the coach showing a new drill or defense play, but interpreted as intimate or sexual.

Discriminatory behavior based on gender, such as denying opportunities, glass ceiling, and unequal treatment can contribute to a culture of gender-based violence within basketball.

When incidents of gender-based violence occur, failure to take appropriate action by coaches, team management, or league officials can preserve a culture of impunity and allow such behavior to continue unchecked and unpunished.

The locker room environment within basketball teams can sometimes foster attitudes and behaviors that contribute to gender-based violence. This might include the normalization of sexist jokes, objectification of individuals based on their gender, or the perpetuation of harmful stereotypes.

Gender-based violence can also manifest online through social media platforms or other digital channels. Players, coaches, or fans may engage in cyberbullying, harassment, or dissemination of harmful content targeting individuals based on their gender.

Cultural attitudes and beliefs about gender roles and harmful stereotypes may contribute to the perpetuation of gender-based violence within basketball. These cultural factors can influence behavior both on and off the court.