NFL Set To Penalize Use Of Racial Slur

Players that use the N-word could be given a 15-yard penalty

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NFL players may be handed 15-yard penalties for using racial slurs on the field, under a rule set to be enacted by the league.

John Wooten, former NFL offensive lineman and chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL,  said he expects the league’s competition committee to enact the rule, reports ESPN. The rule would make it an automatic 15-yard penalty if a player uses the N-word on the field, and a second infraction could result in an ejection.

“I will be totally shocked if the competition committee does not uphold us on what we’re trying to do,” Wooten said. “We want this word to be policed from the parking lot to the equipment room to the locker room. Secretaries, PR people, whoever, we want it eliminated completely and want it policed everywhere.”

Baltimore Ravens general manager and committee member Ozzie Newsome said the NFL’s competition committee will be discussing the rule next week at a meeting in Naples, Fla., and Wooten believes that the NFL will officially agree to the rule next month before presenting it to owners.

[ESPN]

12 comments
Openminded1
Openminded1

But it will be ok to still call whites crackers and honkeys , red necks and pec=ker woods.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

If that policy passes, - and that's a BIG if - NFL viewers can expect a full-scale revolt from the players.  No one wants The Thought Police in every single aspect of the game - whether on or off the field.  It can be guaranteed that players and coaches will find ways to 'cover each others' behinds,' and skirt the rule as much as possible.  The reason is that virtually everyone understands that the word is not used in a derogatory way, and is instead used by friends between friends.


If the rule goes into effect, it will not last more than a couple of seasons.

JohnDoeson1
JohnDoeson1

So, will they recognize the difference between the N-word with an "R" at the end versus the variation with the "A" at the end?  According to some, there's a difference...


I'd imagine a lot of the black guys on teams use the "A" variation as a term of endearment.

W.h.MithradatesYen
W.h.MithradatesYen

I am so sorry, could anyone tell me what is the" N-word" ??? 


Thanks 

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

@W.h.MithradatesYen  


The N-word is the modern-day, politically correct way of saying, "N-i-g-g-e-r" (the TIME site will not allow the word to be typed normally).


"N-i-g-g-e-r" is an old, derogatory term used by many White people against Black people in the USA.  Until the mid-1970s, news publications - TIME Magazine included - used the watered-down term, "N-e-g-r-o" in its articles to refer to Blacks.  After that, they were referred to as, "Afro-Americans" (due to the Afro hair style common to Blacks at that time).  By the time the 1980s came with the political correctness/multiculturalism movements, they were referred to as Blacks or African-Americans.


Hope that helps.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

@dajerutneusa  


That blog will not answer his question, as it gives the blogger's opinion on the difference between a Real Man and a N-i-g-g-a (the TIME site will not allow the regular typing of the word).

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

@Openminded1 @mrbomb13 @W.h.MithradatesYen  


First, thank you for your reply.


Unfortunately, I have to disagree.  The term, 'White' refers to those Americans of European/Scandinavian ancestry.  On the other hand, 'African-American' refers to those Americans of African ancestry.


What you're referring to is what's known as, 'mixed race,' which could entail White/Black, White/Hispanic, White/Asian, etc., etc..


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