NFL to penalize use of racial slur

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  1. The Benjamin

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    Updated: February 22, 2014, 9:30 AM ET
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    The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, expects the league to institute a rule where players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field.

    John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, anticipates that the NFL's competition committee will enact the rule at the owners' meeting next month.

    Wooten, who previously has urged all players to stop using the N-word, thinks the NFL will rule an automatic 15-yard penalty for first-time offenders and an ejection for second infractions.

    "I will be totally shocked if the competition committee does not uphold us on what we're trying to do," Wooten said, according to CBSSports.com. "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."

    Wooten thinks the competition committee will officially agree to the rule next month before presenting it to the owners.

    "I think they're going to do what needs to be done here," he said. "There is too much disrespect in the game."

    Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.
     
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    Not sure I like this at all.

    While I am not in favor of anyone using that word, issuing a penalty for uttering it is not a good idea. A ref could misunderstand something a player is saying, and THINK he hears what was not said.

    BOOM unearned penalty.
     
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    it's an easy way to swing a game also; hey I heard that guy say that word 15 yards; damn shame to you had a 3rd and 1 on the 30, down by 2 w/10 sec's left; guess that chip is a bit of a gamble now.
     
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    Thank god Katt Williams isn't playing.
     
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    I was going to add that, but did not want to get caught up in a "fixing" discussion. But yes, a ref can easily say I heard this or that, and boom. Penalty.

    Easy way to screw over a team
     
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    And why is it only 1 racial slur, is it alright to use others as long as you don't use the big one? B/c I'm sure a guy like Garza wouldn't be okay w/the things he could be called w/out the other player getting penalized.
     
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    Great point. How about sexual preference slurs? Perhaps we should have a gradation system depending on the race of the offender as well. If a white, or even half white guy says it, its 15 yards; if he's hispanic, 10 yards, and if it's a black on black assault, then it's only 5 yards.

    I don't like the word either, and it never utters from my mouth, but I don't care for several other vulgarities (and that's exactly what the N-word is, a vulgarity) either. Perhaps the competition committee should take a page from George Carlin and come up with the 7 dirty words you can't say on the football field.

    What if a fan yells it during plays in the red zone and the ref thinks it's a player?
     
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    But where does it end? I understand the point they are making but like 4da says....a fan yells out something from the end zone and the ref calls a penalty thinking its a db pissed his mark caught a TD pass... I mean what is next? "Hey fatass lineman...u are a smelly bum head!" Is our NFL gonna sound like a preschool play yard....
     
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    One part of me want to applaud this admirable, yet seemingly, unnecessary rule...I don't have the sense that racism is that much of a problem in the NFL...go check out the shit FIFA has to deal with if you want to see racial problems...

    The other part of me is confused why the NFL believes the N-word is the only racial slur worth regulating....

    If you are going to target or have some kind of anti-racism/ discrimination campaign...then have one...don't just single out a single word...that's half-assed and I would almost think kinda of insulting to blacks...
     
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    only thing I'd add to that Wolf is that it should be hefty fines not neg yards or downs etc. I'm still queezy on the idea of a Ref being able to sway a game w/a 15 yard penalty is such a, potentially, huge way for something that most are not going to see/hear.
     
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