BLOG: UA's 'haka' throat slash is out of bounds

Posted at 7:03 PM, Oct 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-02 22:03:37-04

The University of Arizona got rid of the popular haka dance led by Polynesian players before a game, which I think is a good idea -- but not because why the school said they are stopping it.

According to them, it's because a professor in California started an online petition to ban it, with the main reason being they weren't doing it well enough.

The haka originates from the All Blacks rugby team in New Zealand. The Cats did it before every game since 2009, but the petition got almost 2,000 signatures, so the school caved and banned it.

I think they should have dumped it, but for a different reason. During the dance, a player does a throat slash gesture, which is incredibly distasteful
Are you serious? Players aren't allowed to do that in a game; it gets a 15-yard penalty. How could UA officials not notice this before? Did it take being shown on ESPN last Saturday to realize it was a terrible image to show?
Shame on the adults at The University of Arizona for allowing this for six years.