I've been reading lately about the proposed legislation related to the Geneva Convention, and an interesting parallel occurs to me as I've also been reading stories like this one in the Bristol paper about the suspension of the football coach for talking rough to the kids.
It sounds like the moms are upset that their boys have suffered "outrages to their personal dignity" of a kind.
My old football coach I liked very much, even though he swore at me a lot and spit when he talked. He's the fellow in this picture. Evidently, he's just separated himself his most recent coaching job, for reasons unrelated to yelling and spitting.