In recent years, the sports world has experienced a complex relationship with sex discrimination and bullying. On one hand, well-publicized incidents of bullying, domestic violence, discrimination, and abuse have operated to alienate players, teams, and leagues from many of their fans. In some cases, these incidents have even led to rehabilitative public relations campaigns to combat the damage done to their public image. On the other hand, the fact that so many high profile incidents have occurred in such a public, much-talked-about sphere has actually served to aerate and vet issues in the court of popular opinion that would otherwise get no attention in the modern American workplace, or that would fail as claims brought in court under current constructions of the law.
Stone, Kerri Lynn, For Shame: When High-Profile Shaming is the Only Way to Get Things Discussed and Done, 48 Connecticut Law Review Online 1 (2016).