Doc Rivers said before the next playoff game that after last season they had to get the locker room right. He had to improve the character of the team. He didn't respect some of those last season.
Ben Cherington wouldn't know a right locker room if the Red Sox sent him a gift-wrapped and overpaid DH who called him disrespectful. When Josh Beckett is your character guy, your fate is sealed.
In our day players did their talking on the field (which is hard to do when you are a designated hitter like Ortiz). Nowadays the pantywaists of sports in the front office are afraid of their multi-millionaire players who may lie down on the job if their feather tails are ruffled.
No one ever accused the ever-hard hearted Bill Belichick of being disrespectful when he declined to dress players for the big game.
New England Patriot Head Coach Belichick seldom says anything that is not complimentary. Even as he fires players, he is grateful and thankful for their contributions. It is like being smacked with a dead fish. We used to call it a left-handed compliment. It's the new "disrespect."
In the first practice of the new season Tom Brady noted he had to prove himself every season to the coach, and one day he will be replaced because he cannot do the job. He did not feel this was disrespect to the greatest quarterback in Patriot history.
Boston legend Larry Bird, GM of the Indiana Pacers, commented after watching thugs beat up his lily-livered team on the court in Game 5 of the series with Miami that his team was "soft. S-O-F-T." End of interview.
Was this disrespect for his team? Disrespect should be made of David strerner stuff.
What we have here is failure to communicate disrespect because temperamental players may have a hissy fit.
Bobby Valentine has offered more apologies in two months on the job with the Red Sox than he offered in nine years in Japan where etiquette and deference are the face of the culture.
Disrespect used to be the art of satire, the purview of snide curmudgeons, and the lifeblood of drama critics. Nowadays it is spread like jam on an English muffin.