February 22, 2014

NFL considering 15 yard penalty for use of "N" word?

So reports CBS Sports.com:

John Wooten, head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance that monitors diversity in the NFL, said he expects the league's competition committee to enact a rule at the owner's meeting next month making it an automatic 15-yard penalty if a player uses the N-word on the field, with a second infraction meriting an ejection.

First, this Alliance must be doing a poor job if they're mission is "monitoring diversity" as the NFL is overwhelmingly black. Second, being that this is the case, is using the "N" word really so prevalent that it would warrant special consideration? Third, is the Alliance concerned with blacks saying the word to other blacks? If so, isn't this violating the tenet we've continually heard that "it isn't the same" when the word is used among African-Americans? Fourth, why aren't other slurs subject to a penalty -- terms like "cracker" or "honkie" or, now that Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to [likely] play in the league, homosexual slurs?

Wooten said he'd be "shocked" if the league doesn't uphold his recommendation.

Posted by Hube at February 22, 2014 04:25 PM | TrackBack

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This sounds stupid. It seems that "diversity' only is an issue when the population is majority white. And I've always found it sad that it's considered okay for African-Americans to call each other the N-word, even though it's demeaning.

This is just as ridiculous as the Rooney Rule.

Posted by: Carl at February 22, 2014 04:49 PM

They can consider this if they want. I guess they would have to ban a large portion of music also.

Posted by: skullbro at February 23, 2014 12:05 AM

It seems to me that the penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct would already cover where this would/could be an issue. Unsportsmanlike conduct is unsportsmanlike conduct. Breaking out one specific type as something separate, means the NFL thinks it really isn't as bad to be unsportsmanlike in other ways. (Like, oh, say, calling Michael Sam the "F word.") Even if the penalty (15 yds) is the same.

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