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Phil Coke testifies before an anti-bullying panel

Apr 25, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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Phil Coke: stand up guy:

Coke was among the panelists who testified Monday at a hearing for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence in Detroit, held at Wayne State University. The task force is part of the Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative, which aims to prevent and reduce children’s exposure to violence.

Coke noted that he was picked on a lot as a kid. Cool to see a pro athlete trying to do something in an area where you tend not to find a ton of athletes.

  1. yahmule - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Good for him. I wish more celebrities used their public platform to address this issue. Bullying has always existed, but it has escalated for a number of reasons over the last several years. No decent human being wants to read about kids who resort to drastic measures to escape these types of situations.

    • hasbeen5 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Do you think bullying has escalated that much, or is it that the reactions to it are much different now.

      I guess with the internet, more people get to see the pranks and bullying, so it’s more shameful to the victim. Maybe I answered my own question.

      • ThisIsBaseball - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        I think with the invetion of social media, bullying has certainly escalated. With Facebook, Twitter, etc., the bullying reaches new heights and follows you everywhere. It is a whole lot easier hiding behind a screen (computer, tablet, cellphone, etc.) picking on someone than it is to do it to their face.

  2. ck101 - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Big props to Coke, and I hate to be snarky in commenting on such an uplifting post, but . . . the quote from the article makes it seem like Holder’s task force is aimed solely at, and limited to, helping Detroit kids exposed to violence. I know these are hard times in the Motor City, but really, are the kids there exposed to that much more violence than kids elsewhere?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      It’s not about comparisons. It’s about helping kids in the city where Coke plays. Good for him, well done.

  3. mariner425 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    This is the third thing I like about Phil. The others being that fu manchu stache, and my Mariners always seem to take BP off him.

  4. brianbowman16 - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Say what you want about WWE and Vince McMahon, but several of the wrestlers have been on tv and public appearances for the Be A Star anti bullying campaign. People scoff when WWE is mentioned, but those guys reach millions of kids a year and when that happens with a great thing like Be A Star, it kinda makes me feel good to know that there IS a multi-billion dollar corporation thats WANTS to and actually DOES give back.

    Mad respect to Phil Coke as well, even if he does have a Todd Jones quality about him lol.

  5. nflfollower - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Phil coke as q Yankee just wasn’t Phil coke, as evidenced by this photo.

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